Our Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Guide is here to answer many questions you may have about CDPAP. Making sure to find the right personal assistant is crucial to receiving the best possible care. To empower the consumer, we’ve created this personal guide to help you find and employ the best caregiver for yourself or your loved one.
With what tasks do you need assistance from a personal assistant? It may be helpful to break down your daily living needs, and include these tasks in a written job description.
Examples of tasks include: dressing, undressing, shaving, bathing, bowel care, cleansing after toileting, communication assistance, telephone assistance, writing or typing, brushing teeth, grooming, skin care, hair care, medications, cooking, laundry, mobility, transferring, trimming nails, transportation, turning at night, shopping or errands, use of assistive devices, cleaning equipment.
Assess when you need the most assistance, and approximately how long each task will take. It is also helpful to include the qualifications/skills you would like your assistant to have, and any equipment you use, You may only need assistance at certain times of the day, or you may need an assistant for a block of time each day.
If you receive your services through a state assistance program, there may be restrictions placed on what your assistant can and cannot perform. Check to see if the state program you are on covers tasks that may be delegated by a registered nurse to a personal assistant.