Initial Contact

Typically, the first contact with a potential assistant will be by phone. The following tips will

help you gather needed information from each applicant:

  • Give brief description of the duties of the position.
    • Amount of hours
    • Amount and method of payment (payment through payroll vendor).
  • If the job includes:
    • Bowel and/or bladder assistance.
    • Restroom Care.
    • Medications.
    • Use of medical equipment.
  • If the applicant is interested, ask applicable questions and record the answers:
    • Will you give me your name, address and phone number?
    • What days/hours are you available to work?
    • Do you have any restraints on your schedule that I need to consider?
    • Are there days you definitely cannot work?
    • Have you ever assisted a disabled or ill person before?
    • Do you have reliable transportation?
    • Do you smoke?
    • Are you allergic to pets?
    • Are there personal hygiene tasks you object to performing?
    • Do you have restrictions preventing you from lifting, transferring, and positioning?
    • Do you cook and would you mind doing housework?
    • Will you submit to a criminal background check?
  • Tell the person you will:
    • Call back to make an appointment for an interview (if you are interested).
      • Ask them to bring identification appropriate for filling out an I-9 form and W-4.
        • You may find a list of approved documents here.
  • You may consider meeting at a neutral location outside the home for personal safety.
    • Consider a public place with lots of people for safety reasons.
  • Even if the person is unsuitable for the job, always thank them for their interest.
    • You may want to file their name and phone number to use in the future.

Hire Your Own Caregiver

Patients can hire a caregiver they know and trust, even a close family relative.

Family Caregivers Get $

Unpaid family caregivers can get paid for their time and services.

No Certification Needed

No certification or training required, so anyone can get started right away.

Greater Control Over Care

Hiring your own caregiver gives you greater control over the quality of care.

More Freedom in Care

Personal assistants are allowed to administer skilled services such as wound care.

Consumer Directed

CDPAP requires minimal interaction with home care agencies.

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