Instead of buying care and support from an organisation, you can employ your own support worker - known as a personal assistant (PA) - who will report directly to you. You can do this for some or all of your care. A personal assistant can help you with a wide variety of tasks depending on your needs.
These can include support with:
- Household tasks such as cleaning personal care and hygiene
- Preparing and arranging meals
- Mobility, both in your home and in the community
- Work, education and training
- Accessing leisure and social your finances and benefits
Employing a PA can give you more flexible and tailor-made support that suits you. You choose who comes into your home to support you and exactly what they do. You can work with your social care professional and local support services to sort out some of the practical things such as help with interviewing, paying them, and employment paperwork.
Being an employer means being in charge of people. It is important that you treat people fairly and carry out your legal responsibilities as an employer. We can help you to get information, advice and support for this.