If you have been assessed as eligible for social work funding, you may choose to receive it through Option 1 of Self Directed Support (also known as a Direct Payment). You may use it to employ your own staff.
These staff members are known as Personal Assistants.
A Personal Assistant (PA) is someone who:
- will work to meet your needs as described in your support plan.
- is employed directly by you, the person they are supporting, not Midlothian Council.
The working hours, roles and tasks are unique to each case. They may include:
- help to live a full, included and connected life
- providing respite for a family
- help with personal care
- tenancy support.