Recruiting an Assistant

The goal of recruiting a personal assistant is to find someone who is qualified, able, and willing to help you overcome your obstacles.

Below are some suggestions for finding the perfect fit for your needs.

  • Local newspaper ads.
    • A good way to target potential assistants who live close to your home.
  • Local newsletters.
    • Sometimes disability and community organizations will run short ads.
  • Colleges and universities.
    • Many students are looking for extra income.
    • Possibly find students who major in health and human services.
    • May help students gain work experience in their chosen field.
    • To advertise a position contact the career placement office or nursing department.
  • Word of mouth.
    • Don’t forget to ask family, friends, and neighbors.
    • Family members can be anyone except for spouses.
  • Online.
    • You can post on your Facebook or Facebook groups from your neighborhood.
    • Craigslist or Indeed may also be great places to post your ad.
  • Bulletin boards.
    • Post flyers on bulletin boards in high traffic areas like:
      • Grocery stores
      • Banks
      • Apartment Buildings
      • Restaurants
      • Community Centers
      • Churches/Temples
      • Laundromats
      • Day Care Centers

When creating your advertisement be sure to include all relevant information to ensure you are attracting the right type of candidates. It is a good idea to include:

  • Job title and short description of job.
  • Days and hours of service.
  • Compensation and benefits offered.

Optional, but helpful information you may include:

  • Age group of consumer: Pediatric, Senior Citizen, etc.
  • Is driving required?
  • Smoker or non-smoker
  • Required to be 18 years of age.
  • Proof of citizenship or ability to work in US.


ADVERTISING EXAMPLE:  Seeking Personal Assistant for Senior Citizen to help with dressing/undressing, restroom care, basic grooming, communication assistance, transportation, and light errands. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, able to work in the US and have transportation. The schedule will be Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  This opening offers competitive compensation and benefits.

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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