Personal assistants being sought to provide vital care in Notts
Nottinghamshire residents looking for a rewarding and flexible career are being encouraged to become a personal assistant to help older people and people with disabilities to live as independently as possible in their home.
The County Council is keen to increase the number of personal assistants in the county to offer more choice for people needing home care.
Personal assistants are employed directly by the person who they care for and help with a range of tasks such as personal care, cleaning and housework, preparing meals and assisting with leisure and recreation activities.
The Council runs an accredited scheme known as Support with Confidence which offers training and a code of conduct for personal assistants to follow.
Accredited assistants on the scheme have to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service review to ensure they are safe to carry out the role and have to provide two references as part of their application.
Contact details for assistants on the scheme are included on a directory on the Nottinghamshire Help Yourself website.
Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chairman of the County Council’s Adult Social Care and Health Public Committee, said: “Being a personal assistant is a very rewarding career choice and offers a great deal of flexibility as the work can be organised around home and other work commitments.
“It’s vital that people needing care have as much choice as possible to ensure they can access the help and support that suits their needs.”
Tina Drayton from Bilborough is a personal assistant for 44 year old Lee Bentley who has fibro myalgia and an auto-immune condition. She has been signed up to the Council’s Support with Confidence scheme for seven years.
Tina said: “I think the website is absolutely brilliant. Since I’ve been on there, I haven’t been without employment. Service users have just found me and I’ve not had to look for people. I also get emails about new PA jobs available.
“As a PA, you work for the individual and you get more involved with them. You become part of the family. I get involved in their lives, in their homes. I enjoy the work I do and get on with the people I work for so well. I just love it, I’ve been very rewarded.”
Her employer Lee said: “Having Tina support me is the best thing ever. We get on really well – it just works. She has helped me to sort out my flat, she helps with food shopping, appointments and cooking. She just keeps me motivated.”
For more information on becoming a personal assistant visit the Council’s website at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/personal-assistant or call the Council on 0300 500 80 80.
To look for local personal assistants visit the Nottinghamshire Help Yourself website www.nottshelpyourself.org.uk