Employing somebody to look after you
If you get a personal budget and receive or are able to employ your own help you don't have to use a care agency - you can employ your own staff.
This means that you can choose exactly who you want to help you, and this can be a family or friend. However, it also means that some of the employer checks and safeguards, such as a criminal records check may not be done.
The links below will give you some more help and ideas about what your responsibilities are as an employer and how to go about employing staff but here are some straightforward suggestions that might help:
- Ask why they are interested in working for you.
- Ask applicants for details of experience, training and employment history. Make sure they have the skills your looking for.
- For security reasons it may be better not to have the interviews in your own home.
- You might find it useful to ask someone you trust to do this with you.
- If you can - always meet an applicant face-to-face.
- Prepare a list of tasks that you will want them to do and what skills they will need e.g. do you need someone who can drive, or someone who has had training in lifting and handling
- Decide what sort of person you would like to work with you and how many people you need.
- Always ask:
- If the applicant has a criminal record
- For at least two references including one from the applicants most recent employer
- Always check on the references before offering anyone a job. It is often best to give the person writing the reference a telephone call to make sure they are who they say they are and to see what they have to say
Checks for people working with vulnerable adults are available through the Disclosure & Barring ServiceOpens new window
Information about direct payments in Gloucestershire and nationallyOpens new window.
ACASOpens new window is an organisation which gives help and advice on a range of employment matters. Read the following ACAS booklets:
- Recruitment and Induction
- Employing people - a handbook for small firms
- Gloucestershire's Your Circle websiteOpens new window contains more information and advice about personal assistants, including the contact details of people who provide these services.