Self-funding your PA Support
“I would never have been able to do what I do, and would never have had the same opportunities, if I hadn’t got my own PA.”
Enrych Assist is our Personal Assistant Service. Clients can purchase one to one support from an experienced and trained PA to help them with every day tasks, jobs around the home or getting out and about to live independently. (However, we do not provide personal care.)
We’ve been running the Enrych Assist service in Leicestershire and Derbyshire since 2011 and currently employ 90 Personal Assistants who work for around 200 clients with a physical, mental health or learning disability.
What does an Enrych PA cost?
There is a charge of £15 per hour plus any associated costs such as transport, bus fares and entrance fees. Support is provided in blocks of two hours or longer.
There are various ways you can purchase the time of an Enrych PA:
- Through social care funding provided by your local authority (e.g. Direct Payment)*
- Using your own money
- A mixture of both i.e. you can buy support above the amount of your Direct Payment from your own financial resources.
If you are paying for support with your own money, we will agree a clear payment structure and invoice you monthly.
Why choose Enrych?
It can be stressful trying to find the right service for yourself or a family member.
- Which service is best?
- Will they be professional?
- Can they be trusted?
- Are they reliable?
These are all natural concerns shared by the families we talk to every day.
Our service is based on the principles of Choice, Control, Independence and Support and we train our PAs to high standards (using the Care Certificate as a model) and support them as they support you.
Some of the things people like about our service:
- Enrych is a charity – we exist to enrich the lives of the people we support, not to maximise profits
- Enrych is person-centred – we provide a personalised service to suit your individual needs
- We are local – we have been active in Leicestershire and Derbyshire for 30 years
- Gives you access to a wide range of Enrych activities including accessible social events, trips and activity groups
What our Clients and PAs say…
Emily (Client) and Katrina (PA)
Viv (Client) and Chris (PA)
100% of our clients say…
- My Enrych PA is well-suited to me and my needs
- My Enrych PA always treats me with dignity and respect
- I feel safe with my Enrych PA
How does Enrych Assist work?
We like to keep things simple and straightforward. Every client relationship is unique, but typically, the process involves:
- Step 1: Getting to know you / Getting to know us: A member of the Enrych Assist team will come and meet you at home so that we can learn more about what you’d like to achieve with the help of a PA. This is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and find out more about what we can offer.
- Step 2: Agree a Support Plan – We will use the information you give us to develop a support plan tailored to your needs, setting out the services you would like to receive, the number of hours you would like to buy and how much it will cost.
- Stage 3: Choose your PA – based on what you tell us about your interests and goals, we will help you to choose a Personal Assistant from our register and be there when you meet them for the first time. If you hit it off, that’s great! If not, we will start again until we find the right match for you.
- Step 4: Access support – Your PA will then start to work for you. You’ll be in direct contact and can make arrangements as you wish. Together, we will regularly review the support plan to make sure we’re on track with achieving your goals.
*Have you received a Social Care assessment?
For most people needing social care, the first place to start is by asking your local authority for an assessment of your needs as you may be entitled to funding to pay for services like Enrych Assist. If you have not received an assessment, we can put you in touch with Social Services.
Want to know more?
If you’d like more information about Enrych Assist or would like to access our service or make a referral, you can get in touch by calling 01530 832926 or to send an email.
Alternatively you can refer yourself or a family member by completing our Enquiry Form. Simply complete and return to us and we’ll be in touch with you.