Personal budgets and direct payments
Many people who receive a direct payment from us choose to employ their own personal assistant. To help them find a personal assistant we have arranged for Vibrance to build up a register of people interested in this work. This register is available on the LinkMeUp website.
Tasks that are often performed as part of the personal assistant role are:
- personal care, including washing and bathing, getting dressed and using the toilet
- leisure activities and getting out, including driving, getting around, shopping, and assisting with medical visits
- cooking and preparing food
- cleaning and housework
- getting into and out of bed and chairs
The range of tasks required depends on the ability of the service user and varies from day to day. A personal assistant does not take over control from the service user but provides the right assistance at the right time ensuring the service user has choices and remains in control of their life.
If you are interested in using a personal assistant to provide the care support you require, you can also contact Vibrance.
Alternatively you could take a look at some of the people who have already registered with the LinkMeUp website.
Could you be a personal assistant?
You do not necessarily need to have experience of social care to become a personal assistant however training is arranged if required. Service users report that the best personal assistant is someone who listens well and uses 'common sense', as well as respecting and working within the way the service user chooses to live. Vibrance will undertake referencing, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and eligibility to work checks. Job descriptions, salaries and suitable days and times are negotiable with the individuals needing support.
You can find more information on how to become a personal assistant on the LinkMeUp website.
To find out more, you can visit the Vibrance website.