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.
The following is a list of suggestions that will help you in training your personal assistant
- Explain the nature of your disability or illness in as much detail as possible.
- Conduct training sessions with your new assistant every day, covering one topic a day.
- Review previously covered sessions regularly to ensure the assistant understands what you taught.
- At the beginning of each training session, present a brief overview of what you will teach.
- At the end of the session review what was taught in that session.
- Be sure to emphasize safety precautions and what to do in the case of an emergency.
- Explain the proper use of any life support systems in detail.
- Fully describe all procedures, such as transferring, in a step by step method.
- Explain and limit use of technical words, ask for feedback to guarantee you are communicating effectively with your assistant. It may be helpful to have written instructions to hand out to your assistants.
- Try to have a family member, former assistant, or a friend demonstrate proper methods of performing procedures as you train your new assistant. Return demonstrations by your new assistant is an excellent way to judge understanding of procedures and any mistakes can be quickly corrected.