For many people the most exciting element of have a Personal Budget is the fact that they can employ or contract with someone directly to get the help that they need to achieve their goals.
There are lots of different terms used when describing Paid Carers such as Personal Care Assistant (PCA), Caregiver, Personal Assistant (PA), Home Care Aide - You're the Boss chose to use the term 'Paid Carer'.
Paid Carers can give the freedom and flexibility for individuals or families to arrange their own support with people that they know, or get to know, at times which are suitable for the person needed the support.
Paid Carers can help with lots of different tasks such as helping people to bathe, do the shopping, cleaning, maintain their home or eat. Some people like to have one person who can help them with everything, other prefer to employ or contract with lots of different individuals to help them with different aspects of their life - for example someone may choose to have a cleaner, gardener, dog walker and a Paid Carer to do the other elements shopping, bathing etc and manage the others.
Paid Carers effectively become a partner with the service user to help them build on their existing skills and enable them to achieve their goals.
Why have a Paid Carer?
One of the main reasons that some people choose to have a Paid Carer rather than using a provider or agency is that often you are looking for someone to help with quite intimate tasks (washing or bathing) and someone who will spend quite a bit of time with you - so many people prefer to have just one person that they know providing this, rather than one of many who may come from an agency or provider.
Many people also found that having a Paid Carer meant that they could agree specific times that suited them, rather than having to wait during a window of time for the worker from the agency or provider to arrive.
How do I get a Paid Carer?
Whether you paid for your help yourself or receive a personal budget, there are two real options for getting a paid carer
- Employing them directly
- Contracting with them
Both have different benefits and responsibilities attached to them, but which ever you choose You're the Boss has the tools to support you through the process. To find out more on employing or contracting with a Paid Carer click here.
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