Employing someone to help you

If you are aged 18 or over and have care and support needs or have a disability, you are entitled to a care assessment by Camden Council regardless of your financial circumstances. The care assessment will help the Council establish the care and support needs you may have and help identify what support is required to meet your needs.


In addition, there are options available if you need help in the home, for example, you may have friends or relatives that can help you. However you could also arrange to employ someone to support you directly, this is called a personal assistant (PA).  You may like to employ your own personal assistant to help you at home for things like getting up, getting dressed, getting out and about, and preparing meals.   


Employing a PA can help you live independently and in a way that you choose. It puts you in control of your support, the benefits of employing a personal assistant include:


  • they work for you,
  • you can decide what you want them to do
  • you decide when you want them to work
  • you could arrange to employ a care worker privately through a home care agency
  • you may already know someone who would be a good personal assistant or see if friends or relatives can recommend someone.   


We may be able to offer you help with a personal assistant but you will need to have an assessment. Once you have had your assessment we will tell you if you're eligible for assistance from us. We will then work with you to look at the best way of meeting your needs Age UK Camden can also offer advice and support.


You can find a personal assistant using the Camden PA register or use the search tool at the top of this page to find a personal assistant or home carer of your choice.  You can pay for this yourself or if you are eligible, have a Direct Payment from the Council. There are many things you must know about employing a personal assistant before you start and information about this can be found in the Guide to Direct Payments. 


For more information, you can contact the adult social care Access and Response Team on 020 7974 4000 or email adultsocialcare@camden.gov.uk.

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