Caregiver Hiring Guide Available as Free Download on iTunes
A new caregiver hiring guide for people with spinal cord injury is available free of charge for download on iTunes (search: Shepherd Center). The guide was developed by Shepherd Center in partnership with the Georgia Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund.
The guide is based on a version created years ago by Debra Burdsall, an occupational therapist with Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif. The original publication has been updated with new information. Shepherd Center expects to have a version ready in early 2014 for individuals with brain injury.
The guide helps people think through the process of hiring a caregiver, whether privately or through a home care agency. It also examines the advantages and challenges of having a family member, such as a spouse, as the primary caregiver. It offers advice on creating a job description, interviewing, job advertisements, communication, and other topics to help make this vitally important process easier for survivors and their families.
Download a PDF of the guide here.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 900 inpatients, 575 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year.