Why have a Personal Assistant?
You may want to employ a Personal Assistant if you have a child or older relative with additional support needs or are an individual with care or support needs yourself. An assistant can help you with a wide range of things, including getting out and about, personal care, household tasks, or even running your own business.
You get to choose who works for you, when they work for you and what they do for you. It’s about finding the assistance that fits into and around your life. Having an assistant gives you the freedom and flexibility to live life the way you want to.
I want to find a Personal Assistant – how do I get started?
I have found a Personal Assistant I want to employ – what next?
Inviting someone into your home, or going out and about with someone you didn’t previously know, has some potential risks, especially if you or your child are particularly dependent on that person.
To ensure that you and your PA are both safe, we recommend that you follow our tips by following the links below. Before letting someone start working as your PA, you should do the following:
- Interview them
- Check they are eligible to work in the UK
- Take up 2 references
- Run the appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
You should do all of these things, even if it is someone that you already know.