A personal assistant or a PA is employed by people who have social care needs, either because of their age or disability. The support that a PA gives to these individuals is vital, as it gives them the support that is require enabling them to live as independently as possible.

Personal assistants carry out a wide range of tasks as required by the employer, including support with things such as washing and getting dressed, cooking, feeding, and supporting people to go out and about so they have greater independence and the ability to live their life more fully.

The benefit of having a PA is that it is tailored to meet the specific needs of any individuals. This can be the times when this support is needed or what the wants and wishes are of the individual.

The key skills needed for being a PA are the ability to listen, be flexible and a willingness to learn and respond. As part of being a PA it is important to enable the individual to complete activities for themselves (where possible).