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The Personal Care Attendant Guide

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The Personal Care Attendant Guide

SKU# 9781932603286

The Art of Finding, Keeping, or Being One

Author: Katie Rodriguez Banister


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"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."

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 03, 2006
  • Page Count 145
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603286
  • EISBN 9781934559796

Table of Contents 

Preparation: Are You Ready to Hire a Personal Care Attendant?
Finding a Good Personal Care Attendant
A Good Back-Up Plan
Being a Good Personal Care Attendant
When a Caregiver Is a Spouse or a Significant Other
Caring for Children with Disabilities
Caring for the Elderly and the Aging Process
Attendant Care: What a Scare
This Wasn't What I Expected
Final Thoughts
Appendix A: The Duty Spreadsheet
Appendix B: The Telephone Interview Sheet
Appendix C: The Application Form
Appendix D: Reference Form
Appendix E: Police Background Check Authorization Form
Appendix F: Disability-Related Resources

Editorial Review(s) 

"...the perfect, unique choice for any who would understand the special needs and challenges involved in working with a personal attendant."--The Midwest Book Review

"A frank discussion of the many challenges and rewards that come with the patient/aide relationship. It offers stories from patients and attendants, and good advice. The author has learned that the right attendant is hard to find, and offers guidance to the potential employer on preparing to take on an aide, how to go about finding, hiring and training an attendant, and back-up plans."-- Family Caregiver Alliance