Why don't you hire a personal assistant?

What is personal assistance?

What is personal assistance?
How did your day start? You've probably got up, washed, brushed your teeth and combed, dressed, used the toilet, and set up breakfast. After breakfast, you may have put your shoes on and left the house. You talked to people on the way to the shop and got a prescription from the doctor on the way home.

Tomorrow could look like this or something like that. For each and every one of us. Everyday tasks and activities, however, extend over the whole day, over the weekend and during the vacation. They are mostly done without thinking too much.
For some people, however, it is not a matter of course to use their hands, feet, ears, eyes and head naturally and purposefully. They rely on third-party support for more or less things. You need personal assistance.

Personal assistants carry out those activities that the disabled person cannot carry out himself due to his or her handicap. Personal assistants, however, are not modern servants. They are also not caregivers. They are arms, legs or senses of the particular person with disabilities. The handicap of the client is the workplace of the assistant. The client independently guides what the assistant should do for her. The personal assistant carries out the orders in the form as instructed by the client, even if she might do it for herself in a different form. This can sometimes be exhausting for the assistant. But it is also exhausting for the client: Guiding means constant planning, thinking ahead and constant concentration.

What is self-determination?
Everyone wants to determine their own life. This is not possible in institutions because there are, for example, fixed meal times. But what should I do if my daily rhythm is such that I don't want to enjoy my lunch until the afternoon?
Personal assistance enables people with disabilities to live their lives just as independently.
People with disabilities decide for themselvesWHEN, WHERE, HOWand fromWHOMthey get support.

Do you need training for assistance?
In principle, no special training is required. Each client decides for himself which knowledge his or her assistant should learn and he / she learns it himself. Flexibility and an interest in this type of work are important. It is also an advantage if the assistants are not afraid of contact, because personal assistance is often very intimate with the client, e.g. helping with transferring to and from the toilet or showering.
Familiarization takes a certain amount of time. During this time, every assistant notices immediately whether this type of work is right for him or her.

Because personal assistance is also necessary in the evenings, at night and on weekends, this job is also interesting for students and other people in training or further education. A flexible work schedule, for example, also enables single parents to work. However, employees who have no training and therefore have little chances on the labor market can also get a full job.

Any personal assistance - however discreet and considerate it may be - is always an invasion of privacy. It is therefore very important that the disabled person can choose personal assistance himself.

People with disabilities who are dependent on personal assistance to cope with their everyday life and who organize this independently are referred to as clients, sometimes also as assistance recipients.

Employer model
In this model, the clients are the employers. This means that the personal assistants are employed by the person with a disability.

This means that they are the employers and are responsible for compliance with all labor, tax and social security principles and the timely payment of the salary to the personal assistants. You also organize the personal assistance yourself, do job interviews and work out the duty rosters.

Service provider model
Some people with disabilities feel unable to be employers. They want someone else to organize this for them. They can purchase personal assistance from a service provider.