Participants on the Direct Funding (DF) Program find their attendants in various ways:
Talk to other Self-Managers, family, friends, neighbours, your bookkeeper or existing attendants to see if they can make recommendations. Many Self-Managers have hired staff through word-of-mouth since it can save the time, energy and cost of placing an ad
Some people have had success by posting an ad in places like the local grocery store, community centre, or church bulletin. If you have a local college or university nearby, students are often a good resource since they are often looking for part-time work. Some participants have even had good luck advertising at local hospitals or long-term care facilities where PSWs may have only part-time hours. These workers may not be familiar with the broad range of duties you might require of them (assistance with routine activities of daily living is allowed under the exceptions to the “controlled acts” restricted by the Regulated Health Professions Act.)
Advertising in newspapers is the traditional method of recruiting but has dropped off in recent years since the costs are much higher than they used to be. Nonetheless, if the price is reasonable local newspapers can be good places to look for attendants since they reach a specific and local population. Because of the cost, ads placed in local papers would have to be quite short or you will use your whole advertising budget (and then some) on a single ad.
Your DF budget typically includes a small monthly amount for administrative costs, including advertising, but most of the above ideas are free or cost very little. Please remember that DF funds may not be used to pay recruitment agencies.
Especially for those who require regular overnight assistance, some Self-Managers may consider hiring a live-in caregiver using their DF funds, sometimes supplemented with their own personal funds. There are often people already living in Ontario who are looking for work as live-in caregivers, but you may also sponsor a foreign caregiver through a Citizenship and Immigration Canada program. The DF program encourages Self-Managers who are considering hiring a live-in to investigate all of the advantages and disadvantages; feel free to contact DF staff if you have any questions about the process.
The Direct Funding Program is being expanded to allow more Ontarians with disabilities to live independently in their homes.
You can read more about this in our News Release.