The role of the personal assistant (PA) is increasingly becoming the choice of care provision by people who need support in their own homes for themselves or for those they care for.
This convenient and accessible practical guide addresses the most frequently asked questions by both people who are thinking of working as, or are currently a PA. It addresses the issues that may arise in a very ‘person-centred’ relationship.
This guide offers an engaging, value for money and accessible way of self-learning about the historical evolution of the role, understanding issues around duty of care and safeguarding, health and safety, personal development as a personal assistant, and the kinds of things people want from their PA.
Personal assistants working with people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health problems; family carers, people with disabilities and organisations that employ PAs.
Publication: 02 December 2014
With key learning points and thinking and practice activities throughout, this guide
enables flexible learning and relates to various QCF units:
The history of the role of the PA
- SS OP 3.1 Understand Models of
- SHC 33 Promote equality and
What people want from a PA
- HSC 025 The role of the health
and social care worker
- SHC 31 Promote communication in
health and social care
- HSC 036 Promote person centred
- HSC 038 Good practice in handling
Understanding your duty of care and
- SHC 34 Principles of implementing
duty of care
- HSC 024 Principles of
Health and safety as a PA in someone’s
- HSC 3066 Support positive risk taking for individuals
- HSC 037 Promote and implement
health and safety
Working and developing as a PA
- SHC 32 Engage in personal