As a personal assistant you will work directly for an individual or individuals helping them live as independently as possible by supporting them in daily life. This gives you freedom and flexibility to work on a one on one basis with an individual and will help to build a strong rapport enabling you to better understand their support needs.
Personal Assistants are employed directly by an individual who’s managing and paying for their own care, this is usually through their own personal budget or a social care direct payment. Personal assistants usually support individuals in their own home or out in the community supporting them with daily tasks such as appointments, or social activities.
Part of supporting an individual to live independently could include:
- Helping individuals lead a healthy lifestyle
- Attending vocational training, volunteering or work experience
- Supporting them with social and physical activities and hobbies
- Working with them to manage correspondence and bills
- Completing or encouraging them to complete daily tasks like cooking, cleaning and shopping
- Helping individuals attend work, college or university
Your duties will vary based on the needs of the individual you are supporting. Some may have more social needs while others need help with mobility and personal care.
Support will be for adults in the community with physical, mental and/or learning disabilities. The support may be for a few hours each day or you may be part of a team that delivers 24 hours care.
As a Personal assistant you need good listening and communication skills. A desire to help and support others, be able to work on your own initiative and flexibility and good time management skills.
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