Wales Council of the Blind

Personal Assistant

Definition: A Personal Assistant is a person employed to help someone with their daily social care in a way that is right for them. Using their Personal Budgets, a person can employ a Personal Assistant to provide support like: cooking, cleaning, help with personal care like washing and using the toilet, driving or help with getting around, medical tasks, shopping, banking or paying bills.

Category: adult social care

Credit: Department of Health

Source: Glossary of Adult Social Care Terms

Services mentioning Personal Assistant

Access to Work - (UK Government) Employment Support

Access to Work can help you get or stay in work if you have a physical or mental health condition or disability. The support you get will depend on your needs. Through Access to Work, you can apply for: a grant to help pay for practical support with your work; support with managing your mental health at work; money to pay for communication support at job interviews.

Apply for Assistive Technology - (Guide Dogs) Grants

Guide Dogs believes the right assistive technology – sometimes called ‘access’ or ‘adaptive’ technology – can help your child learn and play, just like everyone else. That’s why they've helped children and young people access a world of technology designed to suit their vision impairment.

Bright Beginnings - (Royal Society for Blind Children) Clubs and social groups

Our exciting weekly online early years group for parents who have a blind or partially sighted baby or child between 0-4 years old. These drop ins run every Monday from 1pm till 2pm virtually on zoom. In these sessions you can expect to see: a range of different activities each week from sensory stories to messy play and music sessions for you and your little ones to participate in; an opportunity to chat with/meet other parents and families; the chance to participate in useful discussions about practical concerns with some guest hosts.

Disabled Person with Companion Travel Card - Ceredigion - (Ceredigion County Council) Transport

The Disabled Person with Companion Travel Card enables you to travel on Wales' bus services with a companion subject to meeting certain criteria. The concession is overseen by Transport for Wales but you must apply to your local authority in the first instance. At the Ceredigion Council site it is not clear about the companion pass. Contact them directly as below and stress that it is currently a local authority responsibility, not Transport for Wales, to process the Companion Travel Card.

Eleanor Davis Optometrist - (Wales Eye Care Service) Wales Eye Care Service

Plas yn Dre Street, Dolgellau. Services offered: Eye Health Examination Wales, Low Vision Service Wales, Low Vision Service Wales domiciliary

Grants from VI Breconshire - (Visual Impairment Breconshire) Grants

Grants are offered to anyone with a permanent and uncorrectable eye condition, living in Breconshire to help pay for equipment, services, training, education and experiences (such as holidays). Applications are welcome from the visually impaired, their families and carers.

HelpKidzLearn - (Inclusive Technology) Education

The home of multiple online services, enabling children of all ages and abilities to play, develop and achieve. Teachers, therapists, carers and parents can provide accessible game-based learning activities, creative personalised choice-making activities, access readymade curriculum activities and sensory stories, or assess and develop early vision and cognition behaviours.

Macular Group - Newtown - (Macular Society) Support Group

Support group meets 1st Monday each month at 2pm. MCRA, Plas Dolerw, Milford Road, Newtown, Powys.

RSBC Futures - (Royal Society for Blind Children) Advice

RSBC’s “Futures” service is a bespoke service for young people 13-25 and there to support you as you start to make plans for your future. You may already know what you want to do in the future - seeking paid employment, becoming a volunteer, running your own business, taking up an apprenticeship, going onto further or higher education, or perhaps you aren’t sure yet what you’d like to do? At RSBC our “Futures” service can be your side to guide and support you as you start to make those plans. RSBC has links with partners that mean you have the best possible opportunities to build your own skills, knowledge, experience and of course confidence. Perhaps you need support with really practical things such as Access to Work (link), mobility for your route to work or college, or applying for Personal Independence Payment (PIP). We can help with these areas too, which can sometimes feel confusing and hard to find support for. You may be a family member of a young person trying to access some information or support alongside your young person. We understand that sometimes information about the support available for blind and partially sighted young people can be difficult to access. Through the Futures service you can access one to one session with our team, get support and share ideas with other young people, get practical support with CV writing, work placements or experience and really build your confidence to take the next steps in your future. We will make sure that we support your personal aspirations and look after your wellbeing. So, whether you are making choices about your GCSE subjects, starting to think about your next steps in education, or planning your career or volunteer role, our Futures service can help you reach your goals and aspirations.

The Rowan Organisation Direct Payments - (The Rowan Organisation) Direct payments / personalised budgets

The Rowan Organisation provides a wide range of support services created to help you manage your Direct Payments. This can include: supporting you to decide whether to employ a Personal Assistant (PA) or to use other services; support with setting up the scheme; support with paperwork required by the scheme; support with finding and recruiting staff; providing you with information and advice on the legal requirements of being an employer.

TorchTalk - Telephone friendship groups - (Torch Trust) Befriending

To provide Christian friendship, support, encouragement and fun to people experiencing sight loss (especially those unable to easily access Christian and social activities) via Telephone Friendship Groups. It offers blind and partially sighted people the opportunity via the telephone to share the Scriptures together, pray together and fellowship together - all from the comfort of their own armchair!

Library records mentioning Personal Assistant

Bus travel in Wales Report - [Library Type]

Wales Council of the Blind and members of the Welsh Rehabilitation Officers Forum received concerns from people with sight loss about applying / renewing their disabled person’s bus pass and/or companion pass.

Eye Care Statistics for Wales 2012 - 13 Report - [Library Type]

The report provides a summary of currently provided eye care services in the context of poor eye health being a common and growing problem in Wales and presents data which is available from a routine administrative source. These statistics will help monitor delivery of current services and shape future plans for improving services nationally and locally. More specifically they will provide much of the evidence from which a new Eye Health Care Plan for Wales is being developed and will be monitored and evaluated.

Holidays, play and leisure - information for families Guidance - [Library Type]

Information on all aspects of holidays, play and leisure for disabled children, including details of useful contacts.

Providing excellent services for blind and partially sighted people: A guide for local authorities Report - [Library Type]

This guide is designed to help local authorities to provide high quality services that meet the needs of blind and partially sighted adults. To do so, we have used feedback from people with sight loss about their needs to inform what are the key elements of high quality social care. Based on this, the guide shows how provision of effective services for blind and partially sighted adults plays a critical role for local authorities in meeting social care and other public policy objectives.

Rehabilitation for people with sight loss in Wales Research paper - [Library Type]

In recent years, we have seen a decline in the number of vision rehabilitation officers in Wales. As a result, many blind and partially sighted people are failing to receive the vision rehabilitation support that they need in a timely manner. This crucial support reduces the pressure on other services such as health and wider social care services. We are already under-resourced in this field and there are no clear plans for workforce renewal. With the number of blind and partially sighted people expecting to increase by 32% by 2030 and double by 2050 this situation will worsen dramatically if no action is taken. It is essential that local authorities invest in this workforce now. This paper outlines the problem in more detail and asks that Local Authority Social Care departments address the situation as a matter of urgency.

Together for Health: Eye Health Care Delivery Plan for Wales 2013-2018 Report - [Library Type]

The Eye Health Care Delivery Plan sets out a range of key actions to improve the eye health of all children and adults in Wales, with specific, targeted support for those most vulnerable to eye health issues and sight loss. The Plan focuses on opportunities for Health Boards and Local Government to work with the Third Sector and other partners to plan, co-ordinate and deliver services for people living within their local communities.

Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Plan 2014-2018 Report - [Library Type]

The new Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Plan focuses on three outcome areas which include: everyone in Wales looks after their eyes and sight: everyone with an eye condition receives timely treatment and early and appropriate services and support are available should sight loss occur; and help facilitate a society in which people with sight loss can fully participate.