Personal Assistant Employer's Handbook

Basic information about what you need to know if you are considering using Option 1 - a Direct Payment becoming a Personal Assistant (PA) employer

Background and introduction

Self-directed Support (SDS) legislation and policy in Scotland. The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013, ensures that everyone eligible for social care will have the right to choose how their social care support is delivered.

There are 4 options for arranging your social care support:

Option 1

You take a direct payment, and arrange your own support or purchase a service from a care agency.

Option 2

You decide who you want to deliver your care and your local council, or an organisation of your choice, arranges your support.

Option 3

After talking to you, your council decides and arranges your support.

Option 4

You use a mixture of the other options to arrange your care and support.

For more information on self-directed support and your options visit My Support, My Choice: Your Guide to Social Care -

If you are thinking about choosing Option 1, and employing one or more personal assistant to deliver your care, this handbook will give you the information you need to help you decide whether this is the right option for you. In addition to this handbook, information and support to help you make this decision are also available from your social worker/care worker and local support organisations.

As part of the assessment process, you and your social worker/care worker will agree your support plan, including how your key outcomes will be met. Where your social worker/care worker does not think that a direct payment, or the way you plan to use it to purchase your support, will achieve your outcomes you should be told why.

A personal assistant (PA) is an employee of a person needing care and support. If the person is under 16 or has an appointed decision maker (a welfare guardian or person with Power of Attorney) the parent or guardian/person with Power of Attorney is the employer.



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