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CDPAP Consumer Guide

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. 

Recruitment and Advertising

In recruiting a personal assistant, it is essential to determine what qualities or training level your desire in a personal assistant and find someone who is able and willing to perform the job.

There are many methods of advertising and recruitment that a person can utilize when looking for a good, dependable personal assistant. Below are some suggestions for finding prospective employees.

  1. Newspaper advertisements
    Neighborhood newspapers are cheaper than major citywide papers and are good to target potential assistants who live closer to your home.
  2. Local newsletters
    Sometimes disability and other community organizations will run short ads.
  3. Colleges and universities
    Colleges can be an excellent source for finding personal assistants. Many students are looking for extra income to help them through college. It is often possible to find students who are interested in majors in the area of health and human services who need work experience in their chosen field. To advertise a position, contact the career placement office or the student housing office on campus.
  4. Word of mouth
    Don’t forget to ask family, friends, and neighbors if they or someone they know would be interested in being employed as your personal assistant. The only restrictions to hiring family members are that they cannot be your spouse, parent, daughter, son, daughter-in-law, or son-in-law.
  5. Bulletin boards in high traffic area
    Hand flyers on bulletin boards in high traffic areas, such as grocery stores, banks, apartment buildings, restaurants, community centers, churches, temples, laundromats, day care centers.

Contents of an advertisement

the more complete the information, the more you can be sure that the prospective employees that contact you are truly interested and potentially qualified for the job. It is a good idea to include:

  1. Job title and a short description of the job
  2. Days and hours of service
  3. Compensation and benefits offered
  4. Must be at least 18 years of age
  5. Must supply proof of citizenship or ability to work in the US

Optional, but helpful information you may include:

  1. Age group of consumer: Pediatric, Senior Citizen
  2. Location (Town)
  3. Is driving necessary
  4. Smoker or non-smoker preferred

The following is a sample advertisement that can be a guide for your own publication:

Personal Assistant needed to assist with personal care, shopping and light housekeeping, part-time, 4 days a week. Flexible schedule. Driver’s license preferred. Ideal for college students. Prime location near school.