The below sample job description and ad were created by TMG IRIS Consultant Erica Andres, who also employs participant-hired workers for herself. Feel free to use these samples to create your own. Good luck with your caregiver search!

Sample Job Description

Job Summary: Help me live my best life by making sure that I am well taken care of in my home and community.

Reports To: You will report solely to me. I hire through an entirely self-directed state program, so I am in charge of management, scheduling, and any other part of the employment process.


  • Must be able to physically lift, bend, stretch and pull a person.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal and caregiver background check.
  • Must be respectful and eager to learn about my specific disability and needs.
  • Must respect my autonomy, independence, and dignity.
  • Must be able to safely and successfully perform job-related functions.
  • Must be able to listen and follow directions.
  • Once trained, must be a self-starter who can find and complete projects with little direction.

Main Functions:

  • Help me complete all activities of daily living, including:
    • Bathing
    • Dressing
    • Transfers to and from bed; wheelchair; toilet; shower chair; recliner
    • Toileting
    • Medication administration
    • Repositioning in wheelchair and bed
    • Assistance with feeding/eating, including monitoring for choking
    • Hygiene tasks, including toothbrushing, face washing, hair care and make-up
    • Attending doctor appointments
    • Assist with all breathing treatments, including cough assist machine, nebulizer, inhaler, trilogy and percussor
    • Help with mobility in the home by placing my arm on/off wheelchair controller
  • Complete all instrumental activities of daily living, including:
    • Cleaning
    • Laundry
    • Meal prep and cooking
    • Attend community activities
    • Run errands, including grocery shopping, personal needs shopping, pharmacy, gas station, etc.
    • Make bed and change bed linens
    • Clean/maintain equipment
    • Help with money management as needed, including writing checks, balancing checkbook, reviewing bank statements
    • Evacuate in emergency situations
  • Drive wheelchair accessible van to appointments, activities and errands
  • Overnight care including repositioning, getting water, getting medication, turning on/off fan
  • Other duties as assigned

Additional Functions:

  • Maintain the highest level of confidentiality
  • Maintain standard precautions
  • Call immediately to discuss injury, illness or recent exposure to someone who is sick to discuss whether or not it is safe to come to work.

Notable Functions:

  • Come to work as scheduled and consistently demonstrate dependability and punctuality
  • Create a positive work and home environment with open communication and teamwork

Equipment Used (Will provide extensive training on all of the following:)

  • Wheelchair accessible van with ramp and tie-downs
  • Cough assist machine
  • Trilogy machine (Overnight breathing aid)
  • Percussor
  • Power wheelchair
  • Inhaler
  • Nebulizer

Full-Time Caregiver Needed!

Get paid to go shopping, go to the movies, go out to dinner, and more! I am a 40-year-old woman with Muscular Dystrophy. I love to be active and do fun things, and I need caregivers to help me do that! I currently need someone to work on Tuesdays from 7 am until Wednesday at 4 pm, and Friday from 9 am – 4 pm. Besides having fun, you would also need to help me with bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring, cleaning, cooking, driving, etc. You must be reliable, able to lift and drive, as I do not live on a bus line and my work requires that you drive me from place to place in my wheelchair-accessible van. I use an agency, so you must pass a background check. I can teach you everything else. Get valuable experience and have fun! I look forward to hearing from you!