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Does anybody have any information or better still, experience, regarding PAs (Personal Assistants) for disabled people in their own home?

It was mentioned in passing on some TV programme, but I wasn't paying attention. What are the costs and is help with funding available for it?

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52 minutes ago, andysm said:

Not sure what I mean to be honest. I'll have a look at the link, but I think this is more about sharing activities, transport and companionship, than the washing and dressing aspect. 

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Looked at the link, and it was helpful thankyou. 

 

It comes under the private carer bit at the end, but I'm not sure many elderly people will be able to cope with the 'employer' aspect of dealing with PAYE, holiday pay, sickness benefit etc. Probably that's why not many people know about it/do it. I'd be interested in anybody who employs somebody's experiences of it, or from a PA themselves.  I know someone who does it and she works for several people, how does that work? Sadly I can't ask her as we've lost touch. 

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The news program was to do with the lack of PA’s who can be employed by a person who needs care.

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4 hours ago, Anna B said:

Does anybody have any information or better still, experience, regarding PAs (Personal Assistants) for disabled people in their own home?

It was mentioned in passing on some TV programme, but I wasn't paying attention. What are the costs and is help with funding available for it?

My relative's was done through SCC adult social care team.   The monies are allocated as part of their annual budget for their entire needs. It is broken down into to any days services, transport, equipment and then at home respite care.

 

My understanding is the day services are deducted at source through the ESA and the rest of it is paid for by a specific SCC direct payment.  Home carers can either be an agency or employed and the service user is free to choose what they want.  I don't think the employment side is necessarily as complicated as the paperwork makes out. Many of the carers are self-employed and are responsible for their own taxes and NI contributions etc. Also specialist payroll companies can be arranged to do all that admin for you paid for by a percentage of the budget. Off top of my head Parkside payroll is one of them.

 

If you choose to purchase an agency carer I assume that the care company will do all the back office stuff and you just deal with an invoice once every ....  

 

It's all specific to the service users needs so your best port of call is  going to be either SCC learning  disability services or adult social care because it's got to be assessed first and budgeted.  

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5 hours ago, ECCOnoob said:

My relative's was done through SCC adult social care team.   The monies are allocated as part of their annual budget for their entire needs. It is broken down into to any days services, transport, equipment and then at home respite care.

 

My understanding is the day services are deducted at source through the ESA and the rest of it is paid for by a specific SCC direct payment.  Home carers can either be an agency or employed and the service user is free to choose what they want.  I don't think the employment side is necessarily as complicated as the paperwork makes out. Many of the carers are self-employed and are responsible for their own taxes and NI contributions etc. Also specialist payroll companies can be arranged to do all that admin for you paid for by a percentage of the budget. Off top of my head Parkside payroll is one of them.

 

If you choose to purchase an agency carer I assume that the care company will do all the back office stuff and you just deal with an invoice once every ....  

 

It's all specific to the service users needs so your best port of call is  going to be either SCC learning  disability services or adult social care because it's got to be assessed first and budgeted.  

That's very helpful ECCOnoob, thankyou.

 

Are there any day care centres left these days? I remember my Granny going to one in the 70's. More of a lunch club I think, but with activities thrown in. She loved it. Does anybody know if they still exist?

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