Recruiting a PA
PeoplePlus aims to do everything we can to enable people to live independently in their own homes and communities. We put people first.
What is a Personal Assistant?
Personal Assistants (commonly called P.A.s) are directly employed by people who receive health and/or social care funding and need support to enable them to live as independently as possible in their home.
P.A.s directly employed by these individuals are entitled to the same employee rights as any other individual, such as being paid an hourly rate and paid holiday entitlement. P.A.s are also entitled to statutory payments for sick leave, maternity/paternity/adoption leave and auto-enrolment (when eligible) into a workplace pension scheme.
Why become a Personal Assistant?
A Personal Assistant is a varied and interesting role which differs to that of a domiciliary care assistant or working in a residential home. Skills gained in that type of role can be essential, but the P.A. role offers an opportunity to work directly for the person requiring support. You will be supporting them with tasks to promote their independence so you can see directly the positive impact of your hard work.
Direct employers who employ Personal Assistants create their own job descriptions listing the tasks involved as well as the hours and rates of pay involved. This means that the P.A. will use their own work and life experience, skills, hobbies and enabling nature to best match their application to one of the many direct employers. This creates a unique opportunity to build a person centred partnership with the individual you are supporting, tailoring the support you provide to their holistic needs.
What is a typical day?
While there are essential tasks which may be required on a regular basis, one of the advantages of the Personal Assistant role is the breadth of opportunity for the employee to support the individual with a variety of different tasks. These can include:
- Personal care (such as helping to get dressed, personal hygiene, support with eating meals)
- Support with health related tasks
- Support with planning, purchasing and making meals
- Support to access the local community
- Support with leisure and recreational activities
- Cleaning and housework
People have different needs and this affects how much support they require and when they need it. Hours of employment can vary from a few hours each week to a few hours each day. Hours are usually part-time and flexible so can be fitted around other commitments such as childcare, adult education and your own hobbies and leisure pursuits.
How do I become a Personal Assistant?
Previous experience as a Personal Assistant is not essential – the right attitude and willingness to learn is just as important. You need to be caring, understanding, patient, reliable and flexible. Training may be available depending on your personal circumstance and this will be discussed at the interview stage.
You can register your interest your interest by either completing an online profile at the PeoplePlus Personal Assistant portal by visiting our website here.