Personal Assistance Services
The Home Care Direct platform we feel is very suited to enabling the use of personal budgets, direct payments and the use of personal assistance services (PAS) in the disability sector. Because of this we are promoting and differentiating, contracting with personal assistants for disabled people as opposed to carers.
For many years now, the disability sector in Ireland has been pushing for the increased roll out of personal budgets, which can give disabled people the option of taking control over how they are supported to live like everyone else.
Disabled people who want to go down this path, very often elect to use a Personal Assistant (P.A.). Traditionally, the disabled person would have had to become an employer of their personal assistant with all the administration and cost that this involves. In fact, this necessity has been one of the principle reasons why personal budgets aren’t more widespread.
With the Home Care Direct platform, we have removed the need for a disabled person to become an employer, without removing any of their control.
We do this by setting the personal assistant up to work for themselves, through their own custom-made company. The Home Care Direct platform handles the setting up of the company and its subsequent management, including payroll and tax returns, so that the personal assistant only has to concentrate on on-boarding clients and delivering a great service.
The disabled person still chooses their own personal assistant, negotiates the cost and deals directly with the personal assistant on all daily matters but without having to be their employer.
The disabled person who is comfortable managing their own budget and personal assistant, can get significantly more hours for their allotted budget by using the Home Care Direct platform and in addition their P.A. can increase their earnings by up to 80%.
We feel strongly that better rewards for personal assistants, translate into better quality of service for the disabled person through better continuity and more proactive personal assistants.
What is a Personal Assistant?
A personal assistant is a person who provides the supports necessary for a disabled person to live their life like everyone else. They allow the disabled person to have the freedom to have the same choices as everyone else in housing, transport, education and employment.
The personal assistant provides support and assistance at the discretion and direction of the disabled person.
While a personal assistant shares many of the characteristics of a carer such as empathy, organisation and trust, there is a distinct difference between a carer and a personal assistant. A personal assistant is much more about enabling a disabled person to live an independent life of their choosing.