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Personal assistants

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Personal assistants help people with disabilities with activities of daily living. Examples of personal assistant services (PAS) include:

  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Bathing
  • Getting dressed
  • Providing transportation
  • Paperwork
  • Making phone calls
  • Shopping and running errands

This type of support makes it possible for many people with disabilities to live on their own. In the workplace, PAS enable an employee to perform the functions of a job. For instance, a PAS might read handwritten mail or documents or help with data entry or filing. Some employers pay for PAS.

If you choose to hire a personal assistant, keep in mind that only you know exactly what types of services you need. You have the right to hire and train a personal assistant. As the employer, make sure to set clear expectations about schedules and duties. And just as you have the right to be treated fairly and with respect, so does your personal assistant. You also can replace a personal assistant who does not work out.

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Content last updated: September 22, 2009.

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