Personal Attendants Pool Demonstration Project
The number of people who require personal assistance services has grown and is expected to continue to increase. This dramatic growth in the number of people receiving support at home, and thereby avoiding institutionalization, is accompanied by a crisis in finding qualified, motivated personnel to perform personal assistance tasks. The economy and low wages for personal attendants have discouraged potential workers from choosing this line of work, and there is no support system in place to assist those already working in the field. Projects which utilize innovative means have the potential to increase both recruitment and retention of personal attendants.
Develop a best practice model and demonstrate strategies to increase the number of personal attendants available in the community.
Disability Services of the Southwest proposed to reduce community attendant turnover through a three-step process. This was to include establishing a certified community care attendant training program; developing an attendant registry for agencies and consumers to find and contact qualified employees; and developing an employer training program for consumers to reduce attendant turnover.