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Being a Personal Assistant in Care

What is a Personal Assistant in Care?

A Personal Assistant in Care is an important role and can be an extremely rewarding career. You can support someone to live an independent and active life.

The wide range of tasks a Personal Assistant in Care may be asked to carry out might include:

  • help with personal care, such as washing and dressing
  • help with household tasks, such as cleaning and laundry
  • driving
  • preparing meals
  • accompanying your client to social events or on holiday

Your specific role will depend entirely on the requirements of your client. This should be explained in any job description and interview.

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Personal Assistants in Care talking about their role


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Further information

Skills for Care have an Information Hub with information and resources about Working as a Personal Assistant in Care

You can find out more from our leaflets and information and training sessions.


Employment status

A Personal Assistant in Care is usually employed directly by the person who needs support. They can also be employed by a family member or representative, when the person they are supporting does not have the physical or mental capacity to be the employer. However, a Personal Assistant in Care always works directly with the individual they are supporting. This should normally be through an employed arrangement, rather than being self-employed.

Training and qualifications

Working as a Personal Assistant in Care can provide invaluable experience, as well as training and qualifications, to assist you to further your career in health or social care.

You do not necessarily need qualifications to work in social care. The most important thing is to have the right values and behaviour.

Pathways to Employment Course

Would you love to learn more about helping people with care and support needs and make a real difference to your community?

If so, there is a FREE 4 day training course (dates are Saturday 19th, 26th January and 2nd, 9th February 2019), at The Holiday Inn, Cartwright Drive, Titchfield, Fareham, PO15 5RJ.

Coffee and registration is 9.30-10am and the course finishes at 4pm each day.

The course will take you on an exciting journey, exploring the values of social care and enabling you to meet potential employers. We will give you the tools to care with confidence and then match you into a paid job or the voluntary work that you are looking for. The course has an amazing reputation and a high success rate. No experience is necessary.

Book your place now

Quick links

If you are looking for information and resources on specific topics relating to being a Personal Assistant in Care, see our Quick links page.

If you are, or would like to be, a Personal Assistant in Care, sign up via the link on the home page of this website to create an account. You can then complete an advert registration form. The team will check your registration and contact you if they require any further information. Your advert will then be published on the website.

Last reviewed: 31/05/2018

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If you are a Personal Assistant in Care and would like to advertise your services on this website, register here.

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