Things To Consider

When you’re employing a PA there are a number of key things to think about to ensure that you get the right person for the role, bringing you the most benefits.

The information in this section highlights the key areas to consider.

Think about what you most need help with.

Make a list of all the things that you need help with, including daily living tasks and support required to allow you to continue with social activities.

The funding required for this support will depend on the activities listed so it is important to be honest.

If you’re using a health, social care or access to work grant to pay for your PA the funding can only be used to meet the needs identified and agreed on in your assessment.

If you’re using your health grant or your own money (to top up or completely fund the support), you have much more flexibility and can think about what support you would like your PA to help you with, such as managing your garden, household tasks, or walking your dog.

Think about what it means to be an employer

Being an employer means you have the choice and control over who you employ, the support they provide and when they provide it; giving you the flexibility to suit your needs.

However, there are some mandatory requirements and 'best practices'  to be used when employing someone, even when they are working in your home.

There are a number of legal requirements you’ll need to adhere to, so you need to be aware of what they are before you take them on.

Legal Responsibilities As An Employer

  • Clear Information and Employment Processes

Having the following information and processes in place will make you a good employer and will also make life a lot easier for you:

- clear job descriptions
- contracts of employment
- robust recruitment and payroll systems.

Support To Help Get You Started As An Employer

There’s lots of support available to help you with all of this, from templates for job descriptions and employment contracts, to organisations who run your payroll for you.

To get started take a look at our Employing A PA section for more detailed information.

For inspiration read Simone's story below, and you can see other beneficiary experiences of employing Personal Assistants here.