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What is a Personal Assistant?

A Personal Assistant (also known as a PA) is employed by people who need social care, either because of their age or disability to enable them to live as independently as possible.

A PA assists people with their everyday life. This can include helping with shopping, household tasks and help with personal care such as bathing and getting dressed.  They can also support people to access community resources, for example, the library as well as community activities and leisure facilities such as the cinema and the local bowls clubs.

A PA understands that each individual is different and the support they deliver gives the people that employs them choice and control.

You can find a list of PAs that have been accredited by London Borough of Barking and Dagenham using the Personal Assistant Finder.

It should be noted that PAs on this website are not employed by the Council. A PA will be employed by the individual person who requires the support or by the appointed ‘suitable person’ on behalf of the individual if the individual has not got mental capacity to direct their own support.

We have created a handbook with lots of useful information which can be found here.

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