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What is a Personal Assistant?

The role of Personal Assistant (PA) is a flexible and rewarding role in social care, where you are employed to support an individual to live as independently as possible. The individual may have a learning disability, physical disability, or require support due to their age. No two jobs are the same.

The other benefits of becoming a PA is the flexible working hours, which can vary from 3 hours part time to 37 hours full time per week. The hours are arranged between you and the person you support, and can be during the weekdays, weekends or evenings. This can be beneficial if you have other commitments, such as childcare, studying or other employment.

What does the role of a PA entail?

A PA can be employed to support people with domestic chores such as cooking, cleaning and shopping. They can also be employed to support with Personal Care, such as washing and dressing.

But also, a PA is there to support the individual with what matters to them, such as going out for meals or to cafés, going to the cinema or social clubs, supporting with hobbies such as walking, gardening, going to the gym and many other social activities.

Being employed as a PA is a rewarding role, as you are making a big difference in the person’s life and helping them to achieve their individual outcomes and goals.