For those living in the UK with personal care needs, how do you find the people you employ? I live in Southampton and until recently we had a Centre for Independant Living that acted as a safe brokerage service between those those looking for work and those needing PA’s to employ. They have had their funding cut and no longer have the resources to help.
Additionally there seems to be a shortage in Hampshire with agencies also reporting a challenging in finding staff. I have tried using the PA Pool website but there isn’t anyone in my area looking for work. Some people have suggested Gum Tree but I am a little concerned about the safety of using this medium. Does anyone have any experiences of this?
I need to expand my team soon as with only two carers, sickness and holidays become a really issue.
Any thoughts welcome.