Personal Assistant FAQ’s
How do I become a personal assistant?
If you are interested in becoming a personal assistant and being placed on the IVCIL PA Registry for referrals to consumers. Please go to the PA Forms section, read and follow the directions listed there. Further questions may be directed to Jenni Richards, Personal Assistant Coordinator at IVCIL. She can be reached most directly by calling 1-815-224-3126, Ext. 213 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need to have any experience as a personal assistant?
No experience is necessary, but it is helpful when employed by consumers who need more skilled care.
What are the requirements for becoming a personal assistant?
You must be caring, dependable, respectful, and able to maintain confidentiality. In some cases, the job does require that you be in good physical condition and be able to provide lift assistance. Those who are not able to provide lift assistance are encouraged to apply and will not be turned down because of their physical limitations. However, they must still be able to provide the services which are requested by the consumer. This is determined on a case-by-case basis. You must be able to pass a criminal background check (certain convictions are acceptable). The Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living voluntarily applies the standards of the Health Workers Background Check Act, and as such, we cannot place on our list, for employment consideration by our consumers, any individual who has been convicted of committing or attempting to commit one or more of the offenses listed under the Health Workers Background Check Act. Please inquire for more information.
What are the hours?
The hours are flexible to the consumer’s needs and your own. In many cases, personal assistants are needed in the mornings and some at night. Some consumers need full-time employees and others need only part-time employees. It varies with each person and their functional abilities.
Are there currently any openings?
We are always accepting personal assistants to the registry. IVCIL doesn't necessarily allow more PAs on the registry because of any openings. IVCIL needs more personal assistants to be available when the referrals are requested by the consumers of the IVCIL. Orientations are scheduled monthly and are mandatory in order to be placed on the PA registry. When an opening becomes available, referrals are sent to the consumer who requests the personal assistant registry. Employment is not guaranteed.