Could you become a Personal Assistant?

Perth & Kinross Council is looking for people who are interested in becoming paid Personal Assistants to provide support to people who need social care.

Perth & Kinross Council is looking for people who are interested in becoming paid Personal Assistants to provide support to people who need social care.

Under the new national system of social care provision called Self-Directed Support anyone who needs a social care package can choose to employ a Personal Assistant to help them in their daily lives.

Personal Assistants can help with personal care, cooking, housework and shopping, as well as taking the person they care for out to social activities to help them live a fuller and happier life in their community.

Personal Assistants are employed directly by the person they care for, and it can be very rewarding work for people who enjoying caring.

The Council is particularly keen to hear from people living in rural and remote communities in Perth and Kinross who may be interested in becoming a Personal Assistant and joining the Personal Assistant Scheme.

Housing and Health Convener, Councillor Dave Doogan, said: “Becoming a Personal Assistant is now a real career choice for those who enjoy caring for others.

“As well as being a paid job, there is the potential for huge personal rewards in knowing that you are doing a job well and supporting an individual to develop or maintain their independence, happiness and dignity.

“I would encourage anyone who thinks they would enjoy a job as a Personal Assistant to get in touch with the Council to find out more. We can support you through the training process and help you to find someone you will enjoy working with to support.”

Anyone who would like more information about becoming a Personal Assistant and joining the Personal Assistant Scheme can email selfdirectedsupport@pkc.gov.uk or phone 01738 476938.

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