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 Disability
SHC 33 Promote equality and inclusion
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 approaches
HSC 038 Good practice in handling information
Understanding your duty of care and safeguarding
SHC 34 Principles of implementing duty of care
HSC 024 Principles of safeguarding
Health and safety as a PA in someone’s home
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 development