Skip to Main Content

Skip to Sidebar / Section Navigation

Skip to Main Navigation

Attendant Care Help List Example: Barry’s Work Schedule

Attendant Care Help List Example: Barry’s Work Schedule
Title of Need Start When? How long? How Often?
PA arrives 6 a.m. x7 mornings
Takes morning meds in bed
Empties bladder attaches leg bag 5 min.
Gets dressed w/ socks, binder, pants 5 min.
Transfers to wheelchair & adjusts position 10 min.
Washes face/ brushes teeth 6:25 a.m. 5 min.
PA sets up electric razor and hair brush 6:30 a.m. 1 min.
Shaves and finishes grooming (independent) 6:35 a.m. 15 min.
PA does tasks while he grooms; tasks vary-empty dishwasher, start fold laundry, water plants, start breakfast, other 6:35 a.m. 15 min.
PA cooks breakfast assists eating, cleans kitchen 7:00 a.m. 30 min.
PA dresses him for outside, transfers to car 7:30 a.m. 15 min. Each weekday
PA helps him finish dressing 7:50 a.m. 10 min.
PA drives him to school or work 7:45 a.m. 30 min.
At school or work- transfers from car to wheelchair, gets inside classroom or office, gets established, good-bye 8:30 a.m. 10 min.
Meets PA to catheterize (or empty leg bag) in restroom (or at home) 12 p.m., 3 p.m. 10 min. Mon.-Fri. (or Sat, Sun)
Meets PA for Lunchroom help- Go through line, get food, carry tray to table, prepare food, assist eating 12:10 p.m. 45 min. Each weekday
(or) Meets PA at home for lunch-cook, serve food, assist eating, clean kitchen 12:15 p.m. 1 Hour Sat, Sun
Meets PA, dresses for outside, transfers to car 5:00 p.m. 15 min. Each weekday
Commutes to home with driver 5:15 p.m. 30 min. Each weekday
At home-Transfers from car to wheelchair, gets inside, gets help off with jacket; good-bye 5:45 p.m. 15 min. Each weekday
Meets PA-cook dinner serve food, assist eating, clean kitchen 6:00 p.m. 1 Hour X7 eves.
Setup help for evening activity; good-bye 7:00 p.m. 15 min. x7 eves.
Meets eve PA- Open & process mail, Put away days projects, Set-up next day’s books- files-activity 9:00 p.m. 30 min. x7 eves
Non-shower/bowel nights-grooms at sink, transfers into bed, gets, undressed and positioned in bed, gets meds 9:30 p.m. 1.5 hours x4 eves
Bowel/shower nights-Brushes teeth at sink, Transfers into shower chair, does B/S routine, transfers into bed, gets positioned in bed, gets meds 8:30 p.m. 2.5 hours x3 eves
Grocery shopping 2 hours x1 weekly
Laundry-PA alone; Wash, dry, fold & put away Varies 1 hour x1 weekly
House cleaning Varies 1 hour x1 weekly
Bowel or bladder accident cleanup Varies 1 hour avg. Unpredictable
Medical apts- transport, assistance varies unpredictable unpredictable
PA cleans wheelchair while he grooms at sink 15 min 2x monthly
Vacations or Business trips Varies Some same day Some overnight
PA is called for Middle-of-the-night bladder distention, trouble breathing, other Varies Varies Unpredictable, very rare 1x ea 4-6 mos

“Barry’s list and schedule of help needs” is from Caregivers and Personal Assistants: How to Find, Hire and Manage the People who Help You (or Your Loved One) by A.H. DeGraff, Saratoga Access Publications, Fort Collins, CO. (2002). Available at Amazon.Com