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Knowledge is power...

 

Consumers, you are the expert on your case

You know you!

You are looking to find a worker you can trust, who will meet both the physical and emotional requirements of your situation. 

Naturally, you are the “expert” about your case and know it better than anyone else. Before you interview a potential PCA, write down a list of the most important physical tasks the worker must complete. You might do this by thinking in terms of duties involving: personal care, meal preparation, errands/appointments, and housework. Or, by remembering what happens during a “typical day.” 

This exercise can help you pinpoint your most important needs and the physical and medical skills your worker should have. 

Next, focus on the worker’s personal characteristics. Think about PCAs you have hired in the past, and write down the personality traits they had that made them attractive as people. If you have never hired a PCA before, list the reasons you appreciate your best friends or relatives. You will probably want the very same qualities you value in friends or relatives in your PCA.

For, although the PCA-consumer relationship is a business one, it is also one of the most important--and personal--in your life.

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