- Make sure you ask the right questions.
- It’s very useful to have another person on the interview panel with you.
- Some disabled people prefer to have a practical try-out of their potential assistants’ willingness to help with personal care tasks.
- Others put a lot of weight on the references candidates provide.
- Try not to pre-judge the candidates before you see them in action.
- Don’t compromise on what is important to you.
- But don’t reject anyone until you are sure you have the right person, they are available and willing to start.
- Often, you need a mix of people to meet your variety of needs – if you have several assistants, you are less likely to be let down
- In rural areas, choice is limited – some people have found Care Agencies to be vital stop-gap
- If you can pay a competitive hourly rate, you will get better quality of assistance
The Role of Personal Assistants in Disability Support
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