An Accreditation Scheme for Independent Personal Assistants
For several years people have been able to choose from a range of options that gives them more control over the type of assistance they can receive and the freedom to choose from whom they receive it.
People who use the Support with Confidence scheme in Bracknell Forest may need help for a number of reasons either because they are getting older or they may have a physical disability, illness or learning disability. The Support With Confidence scheme accredite individual Personal Assistants, and exists to enable people looking for support to make the most of this opportunity, whether they are funded by social care or privately. This is achieved by providing a list of qualified personal assistants, it helps people find someone who they believe can provide the support and care they need in order to continue living independently in their own homes.
How does the scheme help?
This scheme offers a directory of PAs who offer a wide range of jobs and offer flexibility to those who need help, enabling them to use different combinations of services and businesses in their area to help live as independently as possible in their own homes for longer.
Support With Confidence provides a list of approved providers of care and support services who have undergone appropriate training and background checks.
The scheme helps those who are looking for support to select Personal Assistants in whom they can have confidence in terms of quality and safety to provide their care and support.
The Support With Confidence scheme is run by Action for People in conjunction with Bracknell Forest Council and Adult Social Care.
Checks are made on each provider’s background, their qualifications, experience, and compliance with legal standards.
Approved scheme members are then trained before they join. They agree to:
- ensure that they are properly trained for their work
- respond promptly and appropriately to people who use the service who may have complaints
- criminal records checks and clearance
- provide references as part of their application
- undertake any appropriate training.
Application to the scheme can be made from individuals who provide care and support services delivered in the home or community.
This can include:
- unregulated personal care
- cleaning and housework
- shopping services
- meal preparation and service or cooking in the home
- daytime opportunities, such as leisure and recreational activities
- community and mobility equipment and adaptation services
- home repair and maintenance
- taxi or transport services
- pet services
- Independent Support Planners and Brokers (people who can help you plan, find and arrange your support)
- any other care and support service provided in the home or community.
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