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Book Review: The Personal Care Attendant Guide - The Art of Finding, Keeping, or Being One
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The Personal Care Attendant Guide: The Art of Finding, Keeping, or Being One
Katie Rodriquez Banister

Book Details:
Published: 2007
Format: Softcover
Regular Price: $16.95
Where to buy: Demos Medical Publishing

Editorial Review by Julia Klein, RN, MSN, FNP-C, MSCN:
In approximately 130 pages the author relates her personal journey of needing and utilizing personal care attendants. After sustaining a traumatic spinal cord injury in 1990 Ms. Banister required assistance for all activities of daily living due to high level quadriplegia. Many helpful forms to assist in the screening and hiring process, ideas for pay scale, and many personal stories of current and past attendants.

Included is a complete index, an index of organizations and services for those with disabilities, spreadsheets and worksheets to help in the application and hiring process. The worksheets are concise and user friendly. Including issues such as criminal history and back ground checks and personal references shows that the author has put much thought into hiring a safe and competent attendant.

This would be a helpful resource for those beginning the process of hiring a personal attendant, full or part time. Unfortunately in a chronic disease setting often insurance restrictions or financial constraints limit the access to a personal care attendant, even though the need for this service is evident.

About the Author:
Katie Rodriguez Banister survived an auto accident in 1990 that left her a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down. After six months of rehabilitation and fifteen months with her parents, she returned to living independently in 1992. Katie and her husband Steve co-founded Access-4-All, Inc., with a mission to educate and empower others through motivational speaking and disability education. Katie has authored Aunt Katie’s Visit, an educational book for children, which has been enjoyed equally by parents, teachers, and librarians.

As a person who gives back to her community, Katie has been a member of the Recreation Council of the Greater St. Louis Board of Directors since 1992, where she has served two terms as president. She is a board member and president of the Delta Center for Independent Living, and a board member of the VSA Arts of Missouri. She was also a performer and founding member of St. Louis' DisAbility Project and co-produced her own motivational video Change Takes Time.

She has co-hosted the public access cable show Beyond Barriers and was on a 2003 commercial for the St. Louis Community College that is still being used. Katie has been featured in local newspapers numerous times for her dedication to educating her community.

About the Reviewer:

Julia Klein, RN, MSN, FNP-C, MSCN
Affiliation: University of Utah, Department of Neurology, MS Clinic

A native of Bowbells, located in NW North Dakota. Graduated from Minot State University with a BSN in 1985. Relocated to Utah after graduation obtaining employment at the University of Utah Medical Center. Worked in NeuroCriticalCare and the Emergency Department while attending graduate school at the University of Utah. Completed the MSN curriculum in the Family Nurse Practitioner program in 1991. Various advanced practice opportunities associated with the University of Utah have been enjoyed including the Student Health Center and a Mid-level run rural health clinic in Wendover Nevada. In 1996 Julia began working with John W. Rose, MD in the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic within the Department of Neurology at the University of Utah.

Julia has been a member of the IOMSN since its inception serves as a project leader for website development with the CMSC and serves on the Board of Directors for the IOMSN. She is an MS certified nurse. She has been awarded the Above and Beyond award by the Utah chapter of the NMSS and can be found among the members in the Empire Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals.

Hobbies and interests include gardening, reading, pet dogs and cat, motorcycling and almost anything out of doors.

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