Job Description

Attendant Job Description

As with any job, you need to develop a job description that includes specifics about your personal needs and routine. For example, if you use ventilation and need assistance with suctioning, that should be included in your job description.

You may want to provide a copy of the job description to any candidates at the start of the interview to ensure they understand what is involved in the job. This will also give them an opportunity to ask about any duties they do not understand or may not be comfortable with. The job description should be included as part of the employment contract you ask your attendants to sign before they begin to work for you.

Following is a sample attendant job description which you may use or modify to suit your needs.

Sample Attendant Job Description

Note: Each Self-Manager will have his/her individual needs within this job description.

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To assist the Employer, who lives with a physical disability, with attendant services.


The Employer.


  1. Willingness to perform personal and household tasks
  2. Physical ability to lift and transfer the Employer.
  3. Punctuality, reliability and dependability.
  4. Ability to work cooperatively with the Employer, other members of the household, and with other employees
  5. Good communication skills, both oral and written, and ability to accurately follow directions from the Employer.
  6. Ability to maintain confidentiality and to be worthy of the trust required to provide personal services in the Employer's own home.


  1. Provide services as required and directed by the Employer, including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Mobility assistance with transferring, lifting, positioning, turning in bed, exercising, driving;
    • Assistance with dressing and undressing, eating, medications, special equipment, toileting or bowel and bladder routines, catherization, colostomy or ileostomy care, maintenance of a Tracheotomy and respiratory equipment;
    • Personal hygiene assistance with washing, bathing, showering, shaving, brushing teeth, grooming, feminine hygiene, care of skin, changing non-sterile dressings;
    • Assistance with communications, errands, escorting, shopping, banking;
    • Housekeeping assistance with meal preparation, dish washing, laundry, shopping and chores, including but not limited to dusting, vacuuming, washing floors, changing sheets, and cleaning the fridge, stove, bathroom, closets, drawers and cupboards;
    • Assistance with maintaining and ordering supplies;
    • Maintenance and upkeep for personal and household equipment and appliances;
    • Nurturing assistance with the physical requirement of parenting;
    • Other similar tasks that would be performed by oneself from time to time were it not for a physical disability.
  2. Provide services in the home and elsewhere, consistent with the Employer's choices, lifestyle and privacy.
  3. Respond immediately to emergencies, e.g. washroom assistance or Injury, and advise the Employer of other unusual or emergency situations.
  4. Be aware of and report any hazards concerning employee health and safety to the Employer promptly.
  5. Record the date and time starting and ending each shift.
  6. Ensure that keys entrusted to you are kept secure and at hand.
  7. Perform other duties as requested.


  1. To carry out the above duties in a professional manner.
  2. To know the Employer's personal routines and follow them efficiently and with appropriate care.
  3. To arrive for work punctually and to remain on duty until essential activities have been completed and the Employer is comfortable and safe.
  4. To conduct yourself in a manner consistent with the health and safety of the Employer, other members of the household, other staff and yourself.
  5. To be able to perform certain tasks without direct supervision.
  6. To dress in a clean and presentable manner.


To adhere to the Confidentiality agreement.

For more information on the Direct Funding program, contact CILT:

Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT)
365 Bloor Street East Suite 902
Toronto, Ontario
M4W 3L4

Tel: (416) 599-2458
Fax: (416) 599-3555
TTY: (416) 599-5077
Toll Free:1-800-354-9950

"After becoming a self-manager, I have become more employable and can contribute more to the community. My increased independence boosts my self-esteem. My marital relationship is stronger and my family life is improving significantly. My future is more stable and promising."
38-year-old man living with family

Program puts more people with disabilities in control

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.

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