A comprehensive induction process is an important part of employing a new Personal Assistant. PA’s should be initially trained on how to carry out all tasks relating to the individual requiring support. This may be for tasks such as:
- intimate personal care
- assisting with eating/ drinking
- moving and handling
- specific communication needs
- simple dressings
This training is important to ensure the safety of both the PA and the employer. Training for these areas can be provided the employer or by another individual involved with the care needs of the individual receiving care. For further information about which tasks can and cannot be delegated to a PA, please see the ‘Clinically Delegated Tasks’ section of the website.
If you are a disabled adult, you may want to have someone you know and trust to be with your when the assistant first begins. If you are the parent of a disabled child, you can be present with your child and their new assistant until you feel comfortable that things are working the way you would like.