The role of a personal assistant is extremely varied and no two jobs will ever be the same. This is because the individual employer can choose exactly how they want you to support them. As a personal assistant you may be supporting an individual employer:
■ at their place of work or education
■ to maintain relationships with family and friends, including supporting them with childcare
■ to meet new people and develop new friendships
■ to get about in the community, by providing transport, driving their car or using public transport
■ to maintain hobbies and interests, like going to the cinema, gigs, swimming or
going on holiday
■ by providing personal care, including support to dress, wash and bathe
■ to communicate their wants and needs
■ by carrying out household tasks like cooking, cleaning, meal preparation,
shopping, organising paperwork, and, in some cases, pet care
■ by going with them to their hospital and other appointments
■ to recover their mental health by helping to manage their anxiety about going out
■ to become healthier after a physical illness, for example, through a better diet
or more exercise
■ to develop a new skill or get a job.

Some personal assistants may carry out, with adequate training, certain health care related tasks. Not all personal assistants will be employed to carry out all of these tasks – it may be that your employer wants support with just one of these tasks. Quite often the role can be about companionship and having a shared interest in things like music, politics or sport


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