Employing a Personal Assistant (PA)

A PA can enable you to live independently by providing any support you need with personal care, other daily living tasks, and by accompanying you to social and leisure activities. It means that you are able to choose who you want to provide your support and control how it is delivered, to suit the needs and lifestyle of you and your family and friends.

There are many benefits to employing a PA:

  • They work for you
  • You decide how you would like them to work
  • You decide when you would like them to work

Should you recruit your own PA we have a number of resources below that will hope you through this. You can contact our team if you have any questions.

Training for you, as an employer

You might also want to do some training to help you to be a better employer, particularly if you are new to employing staff. See our Employer Training Section (link)

Training topics might include:

  • recruitment and selection
  • being a good boss
  • employment law
  • managing and supervising
  • record keeping

Please ensure that you get Employers Liability Insurance before you begin the process – see one of the factsheets below.

Employment Checklist

Employers Liability Insurance

Record Keeping

Hear from Nina about her experience of employing personal assistants and offers advice on how to find the right PA for you.

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Webinar recording: Wellbeing for Individual Employers and Those Supporting Them

This webinar will share experiences from individual employers, include practical support and places where you can find help. It is aimed at individual employers and personal assistants but may also be of interest to local organisations who provide support to people employing PAs (user-led organisations, direct payment support, local authorities, and CCGs).

Follow the links if you would like to download the webinar resource list and webinar slides

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Webinar recording: Learning and Development Webinar for Individual Employers and PAs

This webinar highlights the benefits of learning and development, how to access funded training via local organisations, as well as how to ask for a grant to pay for training and qualifications (individual employer funding).

Download the webinar resource list.

[Source: Skills for Care]