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Training Recommendations for Personal Aides of the Chronically Ill or Disabled

Training a personal aide takes time. Take it easy and go slow. It is best to try not to plan a full schedule while looking for and training new attendants. Remind yourself that finding an attendant isn’t an easy process to work through, so try to cut yourself a little slack, and allow more time to do what must be done. Here are some guidelines to follow when training your new caregiver: Be consistent....

Having a Back-Up Personal Aide for the Chronically Ill or Disabled

When you have to let go of someone immediately, or when a regular attendant gets sick or cannot report for duty, having a person or two whom you can call upon in an emergency can keep your life rolling along. The best way to deal with this anxiety-producing situation is to prevent it. It is highly unlikely that your current staff can be there 24/7. Emergencies happen. Schedules can change because of doctor appointments, child day-care problems, illness, funerals, and other uneasy times...

Questions To Ask Candidates for Personal Aides of the Chronically Ill or Disabled

If you have a candidate in mind to be your personal aide and you have already conducted a phone interview, the next step is to have an in-person interview. There are four points to consider before your attendant applicant arrives: When. Do you want to conduct the interview during the day or at night? I prefer interviewing during daylight hours, but this is not always possible, so I’ve learned to be flexible....

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