I’ve found that my services are often sought as a personal assistant, in particular, for people who’ve perhaps been in hospital and unwell for some time and need help catching up on the avalanche of paperwork that awaits them when they return home.
It’s easy enough for any of us to put off the dreaded pile of paper and emails but even more so when you’ve been unwell and maybe aren’t up to tackling all that personal admin just yet but are worried because you’ve fallen behind on it; it adds another layer of stress and anxiety that doesn’t help your recovery.
My role is often to go through the paperwork, deal with correspondence, reply to letters and emails, make appointments, file documents and generally to help a client regain control of their affairs. I started my career as a solicitor so I’m well versed in issues of confidentiality. My role is not to advise a client but to assist and carry out their instructions. I may be needed for just a couple of sessions but sometimes the relationship remains ongoing and I’ll visit a client once a month or so to continue supporting them where necessary.
The work is often varied: from simply replying to Christmas cards to obtaining quotes for house insurance to sorting the disposal of many items that have been in storage for several years, each client’s needs will be different. And, indeed, each client is different. And it’s the clients that make this work so interesting. I have to say, it’s very rewarding to see a client regain the confidence to deal with their personal affairs. A privilege to be part of that process.