Induction Information

Helpful advice before you get started as a personal assistant.

Induction Planning

If you’re employed as a PA, you’ll need a proper induction before you begin. While inductions will differ from role to role, some basics apply to every personal assistant.

  • Be kind.
  • Be supportive.
  • Encourage independence.
  • Have confidence in your abilities.

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Health & Safety Considerations

There are also health and safety considerations to make such as dispensing medication, first aid, moving and handling, and digital support. 

You should always work safely and reduce risks to yourself and others at work, too, and if you see health and safety issues arise, raise them with your employer.

It’s also important to understand procedures for emergencies like fires or accidents. Again, these should be discussed with your employer in your induction, so you’re never caught short or feel uncomfortable.

Exclusive PANS Member Digital Workshops

Digital tools are coming on leaps and bounds and can help you in your role as a PA. Enabling you to encourage a healthy lifestyle, active ageing, and promote independence, you can also enable social participation and ensure access to healthcare. 

Most of the time, it’s best to learn these things before you start so you can provide the very best service possible.

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Training Courses

If you’re new to your position as a PA, there are certain training courses that we recommend. These ensure you have the proper skills and certification to excel at your job, and include:

  • Moving and assisting
  • Dispensing medication
  • First aid
  • Special dietary requirements
  • Essential digital skills

Technology Enabled Care (TEC)

Technology can help you keep track of medications and appointments and much more. Bespoke devices can also help disabled and older people in many ways and give them more choice and control of their lives.

TEC aids include personal alarms, pill dispensers, locator devices, smart speakers, stove alarms, and more, and can make people’s lives easier by utilising or recommending them.

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Frequently asked questions about PA inductions.

Not only can music and radio be controlled via the voice of the user, but they can also set alarms, find out weather or news information, create shopping lists, and buy things online. In the home, they can also be used to control smart home devices like lights, thermostats, and doorbells, to make management of their living space simpler.

No. They only listen if you use a ‘wake word’ such as “Hey Google”. They record all commands you give them, which you can view and delete in your search history. Voice commands are also recorded by Amazon and Google to improve their services.

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