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Personal Assistants

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A Personal Assistant has the opportunity to work with adults and children to support them with their day-to-day lives.

A flexible role where you are helping someone live their very best lives. The role gives you the opportunity to support your employer with their individual and diverse needs.

What is a Personal Assistant?

A personal assistant (PA) is someone employed by an individual with care needs to support them in their day-to-day activities, helping them to live their life the way they wish.

A Personal Assistant can be involved in many areas of a person’s life; at home, at work or leisure. It's a varied and flexible role where you focus on the needs of the person and build a good working relationship with them. 

What does the role entail?

The amount and type of support will vary depending on individual circumstances.

Some people may want help to get out and see friends, take part in hobbies or go shopping while others will need support with all aspects of daily living, including personal care.

Here are some examples of the type of support needed:

  • Accompanying them to medical appointments, or with medication
  • Going on trips out and supporting with their social activities
  • Household tasks such as preparing meals, laundry, and cleaning
  • Personal care, such as showering and dressing (not all PA roles involve personal care)
  • Supporting them with their emotional health and companionship
  • Supporting family carers when they need respite or a break

What do I need to become a Personal Assistant?

When employing a personal assistant, individual employers often look for someone who is a good personal fit. It’s not always about previous experience and qualifications – what’s really important is that you have the right values and skills to do the job.

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