Want to work as a Personal Assistant?
The role of a Personal Assistant (PA) is to support an individual so they can lead as much of an independent life as possible, in their own home. They are usually employed directly by the person who needs the support, but can also be employed by a family member or representative, when the person they are supporting does not have the physical or mental capacity to be the employer. People employing PA's are often referred to as 'individual employers'.
The job can be very flexible, you might work for a few hours a week, or several hours each day (or night) and help with a range of tasks such as:
- Preparing meals.
- Help with medication.
- Driving or helping someone get around.
- Supporting family carers when they need a break.
- Personal care, such as washing, dressing and using the toilet.
As a PA you are likely to be involved in many aspects of your employer’s life in the home, at leisure or at work. The opportunity to focus directly on the needs of an individual and the diversity of the role is what attracts many people to this type of work.
What skills and qualifications do you need?
The main skills needed is the ability to listen, and a willingness to learn as most people look for someone who is a good personal fit. It’s not always about previous experience but ensuring the person they employ has the right values and skills to do the job. Anyone can be a personal assistant as long as they:
- enjoy helping people to live their life in the way they choose
- would like to enable others to make a real change to their life
- are comfortable working on their own or with other personal assistants as part of a team
- have the ability to develop a strong, trusting relationship with their employer
- understand they are an employee and not a friend
- understand they do not direct the work, but their employer does.
For more information, please see below:
Skills For Care
A comprehensive guide for people wanting to or already working as a Personal Assistant