Although it not a Direct Funding Program requirement, you should consider performing annual performance reviews of your attendants; if you provide a wage increase every year, this might be the time to complete a performance review.
You should keep track of anything that is done incorrectly or forgotten by your attendant, and it should be brought to the attendant’s attention. This informal process should be carried over to a more formal, documented evaluation on an annual (or even more frequent) basis. Even if everything is going well, an evaluation will let your attendant know that you are pleased with his/her job performance.
Usually, a written evaluation takes place within three months of the time your employee starts to work for you (i.e. before the end of a probationary period), and then at least once every year. Tell your attendant in advance about a specific probationary period, or write it into the employment agreement. Documented evaluation can be valuable for proving just cause in the event that you terminate your employee.
Documented evaluation can be as simple as a written letter to your attendant discussing his/her work performance, or it can be a formal evaluation form. The following general areas of performance could be included, in addition to any other, more specific duties in the job description:
The following are points to consider in the general areas of performance:
Should you choose to set up a performance rating scale from one to five, the following can be a guideline for values assigned to the number ratings:
Keep track of anything that is done particularly well or very poorly, especially during the month preceding the evaluation. In this way you can use recent concrete examples of performance that support your evaluation in each area. This will justify any corrective action you may need to take with an attendant.
Make sure your attendant signs a copy of the evaluation to show that he/she has seen it, and keep this copy for your records.
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.