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.

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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