A rewarding career
What is a personal assistant in care?
If you’re a caring person looking for a rewarding and flexible career, then being a personal assistant in care could be for you!
It’s a varied role supporting people in their own home, with personal care, meal preparation, housework, companionship and support to access the community.
Every role is different, working directly for and with the individual the personal assistant supports. The individual employer can choose exactly how they would like to be supported, so you can match the employer that suits you.
What does a personal assistant do?
The role of a personal assistant is as individual as you are.
You could be, but not limited to:
- supporting an individual employer in their place of education or employment
- supporting them with social and health activities
- providing support with transport, driving their car or public transport
- providing personal care, for example, dressing, washing and bathing
- help around the home including cooking, cleaning and shopping
- develop new skills or gain employment
- supporting hobbies, interests and providing companionship.
I’m interested, what skills and qualifications do I need?
You may already have skills, experience or qualifications in social care you can draw upon. This could be from voluntary work, an existing or former role in care and support work, or an apprenticeship.
What is most important is having the right values and behaviours to work in social care. These are a caring nature, able to treat people with dignity and respect, communication, commitment, and the ability to learn new skills.
There are also opportunities offered to individual employers by KCC and other organisations to provide training and qualifications such as a diploma in care.
It’s a great career, why not find out more today!
Hear from Sam and Jan about their role as a personal assistant
“David has a learning disability and employs me to help him remain independent. He works part time in an office and I accompany him to provide support.”
- Sam, personal assistant
“I support my employer with her personal care. I help her get out of bed in the morning, bathe, dress and assist her when using the toilet. The support I provide her with enables her to stay in her own home.”
- Jan, personal assistant