The Personal Care Attendant Guide

The Personal Care Attendant Guide

The Art of Finding, Keeping, or Being One

Book - 2007
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Perseus Publishing
This invaluable book guides people with disabilities and their families through a challenging, but by no means impossible, task: finding a qualified caregiver. Readers learn to successfully locate, interview, hire, train, and supervise a personal attendant, whether through an agency or on their own. Thorny issues like wages, taxes, and firing an attendant are also covered. Additionally, the book’s real-life examples help current and prospective caregivers succeed in this demanding yet rewarding work environment.

Book News
Sometimes they arrive on time, cheerful, well-qualified and committed to doing a good job. Sometimes the sheriff comes to the door to arrest them. In this practical and accessible guide Banister looks at both sides as she explains the employer/attendant relationship, including the duties typically performed by an attendant and the management skills the employer must have to ensure everything runs both smoothly and legally. She describes making the decision to hire, conducting the hiring process, creating a back-up plan, being a good personal care attendant whether as a hired hand or a spouse, caring for elders and for children with disabilities, and coping with typical problems. She closes with narratives about her experiences and those of attendants, some hilarious and some heartbreaking, a set of hiring and background check forms, and a list of resources. This should be required reading for both employers and attendants. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Springer Publishing
"People with disabilities are one of the largest groups in the United States - about 58 million Americans are members of this community. To live independently, many people with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities hire a personal attendant to assist with day-to-day tasks. Finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging, but not impossible.

Written by an inspiring speaker, writer and advocate who is herself disabled, The Personal Care Attendant Guide teaches readers how to find a competent caregiver. It also gives current and prospective attendants vital information and real-life examples to help them succeed in this demanding work environment.

Special features include:

  • Easy-to-use forms and worksheets to make search easier and more organized
  • Personal stories from people with disabilities who use attendants to maintain their independence
  • Anecdotes from experienced caregivers
  • Resources listed alphabetically by disability

The relationship between those who need help and those who provide it can be difficult to balance, but it can be maintained and even fun at times. This unique book will equip people with disabilities, as well as those managing caregivers for family members, with the skills to successfully find, interview, hire, train, and supervise their personal attendants."

Publisher: New York, NY : Demos Medical Publishing, c2007
ISBN: 9781932603286
Characteristics: xiv, 145 p. : port. ; 23 cm


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