About Personal Assistants
Personal Assistants (PA’s) in Adult Social Care are employed to support people who have social care or health needs to promote their wellbeing and continue to live as independently as possible in their home.
PA’s can also be employed by a family member or representative, when the person they are supporting does not have the physical or mental capacity to be the employer. People employing PA’s are often referred to as individual employers.
As a PA you are likely to be involved in many aspects of your employer’s life and may be asked to provide support in the home, at leisure or at work. The opportunity to focus directly on the needs of an individual and the diversity of the role and tasks is what often attracts many people to this type of work.
Working as a PA can be rewarding, challenging and varied as well as offering flexible working patterns to suit your other commitments. Employing a PA comes with responsibility, and that can be daunting, but we hope this guide gives you all the information you need. Being an employer means you’re in control of the care and support you receive. You choose the PA you hire and the work they do, but you need to be aware of employment law.