What is a personal assistant (PA)?
If you’re finding it difficult to care for yourself, you may want to get some support from a PA. This could be because of your age, a physical or learning disability, or poor general health,.
A PA (sometimes called a support worker) is someone who’s paid to help people who need social care support. This helps them to live as independently as possible.
Many people choose to employ a PA because they need the consistent, ongoing support that their own PA can provide.
How a PA can help
PAs can offer you all kinds of support in your own home. This includes:
- personal care - help with feeding, bathing and toileting
- healthcare - catheter management, giving medication
- help to live independently - making meals, 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
If you'd like more details or for help to find a PA, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01226) 772425.