Employing someone to help you
For people who need daily assistance to live independently, you could hire a personal assistant (PA). The link below will take you to our online marketplace. Here you will find information on groups and companies that can help you to employ a PA. The online marketplace also contains information on other activities and services that can help your independence.
Skills for Care PA Toolkit
One of the biggest worries about employing a PA is regarding your legal responsibilities of employing someone and the associated paperwork attached to this.Skills for Care take some of that worry away with their detailed toolkit and information resource. The following link will take you to the Skills for Care Personal Assistant toolkit. It covers example documents such as adverts, interview checklists and employment contracts and everything you would need to know about hiring a PA, including:
- hiring and induction;
- pay, tax and National Insurance;
- sick pay, holiday pay, maternity pay and pensions;
- health and safety;
- record keeping.
The PA Network
or full information on the legal requirements and responsibilities placed on PAs and the people who employ them, the PA Network is an excellent resource.
PA Recruitment: Working Together
Older people considering hiring a PA can view this information pack produced by Action on Elder Abuse. The pack, which contains a DVD (which can also be bought separately), provides details on how to safely recruit and work with PAs. For more information please see the link below: