Training Your Personal Assistant
The following is a list of suggestions to help you in training your personal assistant:
- Explain the nature of your disability or illness in as much detail as possible.
- Conduct training sessions every day.
- Cover at least one topic per day.
- Review previously covered topics regularly to ensure the assistant understands.
- Present a brief overview at the beginning of each training session.
- Be sure your overview covers the purpose of the training session.
- At the end of the session, review what was taught.
- Be sure to emphasize safety precautions and what to do in the case of an emergency.
- Explain in detail the proper use of any life support systems.
- Fully describe all procedures in a step by step method.
- Explain topics in plain English, limit the use of technical words.
- Ask for feedback to guarantee you are communicating effectively.
- Provide written instructions.
- Have a family member, former assistant, or a friend demonstrate proper procedures.
- Have your personal assistant repeat the demonstration.
- Quickly correct any mistakes.
Time and patience will be the key to success in properly training your new personal assistant.