What is a personal assistant (PA)?
If you’re finding it difficult to care for yourself because of your age, a physical or learning disability, or poor general health, you may want to get some support from a personal assistant.
A personal assistant (sometimes called a PA or a support worker) is someone who’s paid to help people who need social care support to enable them to live as independently as possible.
Many people choose to employ a PA because they need the consistent, ongoing support and familiarity that their own PA can provide.
How a personal assistant can help
PAs can offer you all kinds of support in your own home, including:
- personal care - help with feeding, bathing and toileting
- healthcare - catheter management, giving medication
- help to live independently - meal preparation, cooking, health and safety cleaning, shopping
- help to take part in social and leisure activities - taking you on holiday or to appointments, providing interest and activities
- helping to look after children