Paying a personal care assistant directly gives you greater control over the kind of care provided. However you need to be aware that you will act as their employer, which has certain practical, legal and financial implications, including:
- recruiting the care worker, and checking references, DBS and right to work
- drawing up a contract of employment and agreeing the hours of work
- paying income tax and national insurance
- arranging insurance cover in case of accidents
- arranging alternative care whilst the personal assistant is on holiday or ill, or if they resign.
Her Majesty Revenue and Customs (HMRC) provide advice on tax arrangements if you employ a personal care assistant.
ACAS provides advice and information to employers and employees.
Being the Boss is a peer support website run by people with disabilities who aim to share knowledge, support and information around employing personal assistants.
Skills for Care have a website Employing Personal Assistants which has a useful toolkit of leaflets, template documents and other documents
Which? Later Life Care has advice on employing a private carer