Personal Care Attendants, individuals who assist an individual with personal needs of daily living, are the responsibility of the student. It is your responsibility to recruit, interview, hire, train, pay, etc. the PCAs you need. Remember, you are the employer, and serve as administrator, supervisor, personnel manager and bookkeeper of the arrangement.
Begin the process of hiring PCAs well in advance of your anticipated needs. Know ahead of time what your needs are (i.e., specific responsibilities of attendants, time requirements, etc.). Be clear and specific when talking to potential PCAs so they will know your needs and your expectations.
Negotiate the details of the work arrangement. You may wish to write and sign a contract or merely come to a verbal agreement. Be sure to discuss and come to agreement on pay, duties, and schedule. You may wish to hire someone on a trial basis. Be sure to set the time length for this "trial."
Plan on employing one or two back-up PCAs to be on call when a substitute is needed. If you are a Vocational Rehabiliation client, check with your VR counselor to see if you are eligible for financial reimbursement of PCA costs.
If you have questions or concerns about the process of employing PCAs, talk to your DRC coordinator.