Selecting and interviewing a personal care attendant (PCA) is both a science and an art. Some aspects of the process include the formalized screening of candidates to ensure your health and safety, while other aspects of the process are focused on ensuring that you and your caregiver will be personally compatible and able to establish a good working relationship.
The suggestions below were provided by members of the MDA community — some of whom are adults who live independently and have personal care attendants who serve as their primary care support, and others who are adults who live with multiple family members and have personal care attendants who are integrated into their care teams. These resources are provided as a starting point for you. Please note that individual situations vary based on the level of skilled nursing support required, the PCA funding sources and the number of people in your household.
Note: It is important to be very clear about what you expect, and be sure to leave no room for confusion.