Home Personal Assistance

Personal Assistance

A Personal Assistant assists a person with a disability with activities of daily living such as personal care and homemaking. Examples of these tasks include dressing, bathing, bowel and bladder, housework, meal preparation, etc. The person with a disability is the employer they select, employ, and supervise the personal assistant. In Independent Living it is important that the person with a disability is treated like an employer and not as a patient.

If you are a person with a disability and would like financial assistance in retaining PA services, PACE can provide skills training to teach you how to locate potential funding so that you will be able to pay for the PA working for you in your home.

Personal Assistant Management Training
PACE offers skills training for individuals and groups to teach people with disabilities how to employ Personal Assistants. As part of the Independent Living Philosophy, the person with the disability learns how to become a proactive consumer and manager of their PA. The consumer learns how to plan for emergencies, have backup PAs, use work plans, locate appropriate funding for PA services, etc.

Employer Skills Include:

  • Checking References
  • Interviewing
  • Contracting
  • Hiring
  • Communicating with PA
  • Firing

People with disabilities who have signed documentation to work with PACE will have access to the PACE Personal Assistant Referral list. The PAs on the list have completed training covering disability awareness/etiquette, IL Philosophy, core services, universal precautions, fraud prevention, etc. Each Personal Assistant referral provides the PA’s name, hours of availability, personal and work references, and tasks they are able to do for the consumer.

PACE is not the employer. We are a third party and our only role is to facilitate the manager finding the right PA for themselves.


PACE consumers are strongly advised to carefully review qualifications, experience, and to CHECK REFERENCES of any perspective Personal Assistant.  PACE, Inc. assumes no responsibility for finding or employing Personal Assistants or for the ability or honesty of the referral.  PACE is NOT acting as a character reference for any individual.  PACE encourages PA managers to promote diversity/equal opportunity with regard to age gender, religion, race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual preference, and residential status. 

Become a Personal Assistant!
Contact PACE and make an appointment with the PA Specialist. You will fill out information about you, the type of work you are looking for, your availability, attend the orientation, and your information will be entered on the referral list.  A PACE consumer may then contact you for an interview.

Personal Assistant Orientation
Orientation teaches perspective personal assistance the Independent Living Philosophy, consumer control, confidentiality, disability etiquette/ awareness, person first language, universal precautions, and fraud prevention.

Schedule: There is a monthly PA Orientation monthly in Urbana at PACE. Additionally, quarterly PA Orientations are available in Danville, IL. Please call PACE to register for a PA Orientation, seating is limited.

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