Once someone is assessed as eligible for social work funding, they may choose to receive it through Option 1 of Self Directed Support (also known as a Direct Payment). They may use it to employ their own staff.
These staff members are known as Personal Assistants.
A Personal Assistant (PA) is someone who:
- will work to meet the person’s needs as described in their support plan.
- is employed directly by 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.