Your responsibilities, and keeping the relationship working

It’s really important to keep a good conversation going with your PAs/carers. Many of us rely on them for day-to-day activities and you might be worried about what will happen if we don’t get that support. But of course PAs/carers are people who may also be worried about coronavirus and what it might mean for them. So it’s really important to keep a good dialogue going to make sure you continue to get the support you need, and perhaps in different ways.

It’s also important to remember that you are an employer and your PA/carer will have a contract of employment. That means that you can’t just change the amount that they work without going through a process. It also means that you have a duty of care towards them to protect them from inappropriate risks (such as getting exposed to the virus). So you should read the guidance on taking care before and when arriving at work, and extra precautions when at work, to protect both them and you.

If you have any questions in relation to the employment position in respect of your PAs/carers you should consult your Independent Living insurance provider and/or PeoplePlus’ Independent Living Service. PeoplePlus’ Independent Living Service has produced some excellent resources for people with direct payments and personal health budgets. It includes amongst other things:

  • a key worker letter
  • sick pay guidance
  • employer guidance
  • furlough leave
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