Being a Personal Assistant is a valid career choice
The right person can make a difference
"a Personal Assistant is a paid person providing support directly employed by the person or family member, often through Direct Payments, Self Directed Support or self funding" (Hampshire Personalisation Expert Panel, Presentation to PA Workshop July 2010).
If you have a person centred approach and are able to be flexible and adaptable in supporting the choices of others then being a Personal Assistant may be for you. Although widely used by people with physical disabilities, older people, people with learning disabilities and people with mental health impairments may all employ Personal Assistants.
If you are considering being, or are already, a Personal Assistant, then the following pages may provide information and support that may help you with:
What is a Personal Assistant and why might you choose to be one
What skills and experiences you may need and how you may get them
What is it that Personal Assistant employers want and how you should be treated
Links to other sites for information and resources on being a Personal Assistant
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