Peer Mentors are people who use their expertise in an area to help others achieve success in the same area. Using their familiarity with programs and resources, as well as their own personal experiences, Peer Mentors provide advice, support, and encouragement to those with less experience. In other words, they serve as role models for those learning a new skill set.
Meet Margie C, Peer Mentor
Margie joined the staff at Consumer Directed Choices in March 2012, after completing an intensive Peer Counselor Training program. As someone who’s used Consumer Directed Personal Assistance herself for several years, she enjoys providing support and encouragement to other people with disabilities as they seek a choice in their home care.
After receiving traditional care from nursing agencies for over 20 years, Margie is passionate about CDPA. She knows that having the power and the choice to direct your own home care can be far better than relying upon someone who barely knows you to do it. As CDChoices’s Peer Mentor, she acts as a cheerleader for others who seek the same independence she’s found.
Turn to Margie for Help
As a Peer Mentor, Margie can provide information and resources about:
- How to find Personal Assistants
- Creating a job ad or writing a job description
- Checking references
- Learning how to supervise and manage Personal Assistants once they’re hired
Margie is also available when you just need someone to talk with. Whether you are interested in one-on-one Peer Mentoring or someone who understands, reach out to her by:
- Meeting her in-person at the CDChoices office
- Meeting her in-person through a home visit (certain conditions apply for home visits)
- Talking on the phone
- Having an e-mail exchange
- Meeting her via Skype
- Submitting a question to the “Ask Margie” column in CDChoices’s newsletter
By working with Margie, you can increase your confidence as an employer and feel empowered to make choices that support your right to manage your own care. You don’t have to face the challenges of being an employer alone!
The hiring process can be intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be. A Peer Mentor will educate you on all of the recruiting steps; from creating a job description, to assessing candidates.
Want help knowing what questions to ask and what to look for when interviewing potential PAs? A peer mentor will help guide you through the ins-and-outs of the interview process.
You have found the perfect applicant and hired them…now what? Learn about the processes you can implement to better supervise your Personal Assistant.
It’s important to properly evaluate your Personal Assistant for many reasons. A Peer Mentor will educate you on the importance of evaluations and assist in ensuring you are properly evaluating your Personal Assistant.