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How to manage working time for Live in Care

How to manage working time for Live in Care

We are often asked by our Live In customers how to manage working time for their Personal Assistants.

The Live In model of care is highly valued by the people who use its services. It offers flexibility, independence and control for people with disabilities over their lives. A personal assistant takes up residence with the individual for an agreed period of time.

The Personal Assistant is able to offer support on a flexible basis to meet the varying needs of each client. When they are not working to support the individual the P.A is able to rest, sleep and engage in other activities.

However, the challenge for direct employers and specialist live in care agencies is to balance the needs of their clients with two pieces of employment legislation, the Working Time regulations 1998 and the National Wage Regulations 1999. For example, The Working Time Regulation 4 states that a there should be a maximum  work  week of 48 hours, 11 hour minimum daily rest breaks and 24 hour minimum weekly breaks. If this regulation is applied to live in care we will be in danger of reducing the choice and control for our Service users. Additionally, the increased cost of providing teams of care workers on rotating shift basis will add pressure to the already stretched Social Care budget.

So how do we provide good working conditions for our live in care workers as well as offering the flexibility and support to our customers?

In both sets of regulations we consider the criteria for “unmeasured” time and look at daily average agreements. These options are flexible and individuals can increase and decrease the level of support depending on their varying personal or social needs.

At PA Care we work with each individual to put together a person centred support plan which both supports the needs of each individual as well as meets the requirements of these two pieces of legislation.

For more information on our Live in Care service call us on 01727 891004



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