Personal and Social Care Support Assistant GN3532
Team of PAs @ £11.00 hour
I am the mother of a young man who loves to live life to the full. He enjoys being around people and is very sociable. He has a ‘wicked’ sense of humour and loves to laugh. He loves to go out, experiencing different activities; he needs to be busy and entertained.
My son is totally reliant on others for all his personal care and has a range of complex medical needs. He has a power chair which he can control under supervision but will occasionally require his carer to take control in order to keep him safe.
He has some degree of communication, and can converse with those that know him well. He is encouraged to use his communication aid to help him chat with people that do not know him, as although he has some verbal communication, he can be difficult to understand.
Team of PAs required 7am – 7pm Including a 1 hour lunchbreak (unpaid) seven days a week
Flexibility to work occasional evenings, provide
holiday or sickness cover an advantage
Must have a UK driving licence
All applicants must be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check
Successful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts.
Nature of the work:
Cover is required 7am – 7pm, 7 days a week, (including an hour break unpaid for lunch). These hours could be for full time applicants or those wishing part-time or a job share. Some flexibility to swap days occasionally and flexibility to provide holiday/sickness cover an advantage. You will be working as part of a team on a 2:1 basis supporting my son, therefore working alongside another PA most of the time however you will also need to work alone on occasion. You will be required to undertake all of his personal care and provide support both inside and outside the home environment.
You will be provided with full mandatory training to enable you to provide care to meet his everyday requirements, such as gastrostomy needs and medications. You will be required to follow procedures designed for the health and safety of both yourself and our son, using equipment, such as hoists and slings, which you will be given training in.
It is really important that our son is treated as an individual and that his PA’s treat him with respect and dignity, recognising his opinions and wishes.
The post holder/s will be expected to undertake other duties as may be reasonably requested. The job description is illustrative of duties and responsibilities but is subject to review from time to time.
Assisting with daily physio, use of equipment such as standing frame, walker and trike. Use of AFO’s and encouraging the long-term wear of them. Accessing various forms of computer work.
On occasion, you will be required to accompany the employer to medical appointments.
Attending additional training as required.
The employer’s home is a no-smoking environment and the post holder/s will be required to not smoke on the premises or when caring for the employer.
The post holder/s will be expected to maintain confidentiality both of the employer and of the other family members living within the home. Any information gained in this role must not be communicated to other persons, except where required in the recognised course of duty.
Undertaking housekeeping tasks such as bed making, changing bed linen, cooking, tidying and cleaning the employer’s bedroom and bathroom.
Assistance with toileting, washing, bathing and dressing, meeting personal hygiene needs. Application of various creams, on-going care and observation on skin care. Assisting at mealtimes and ensuring that a rigid fluid regime is observed. Lifting and handling using a range of equipment including hoists and slings. The PA’s will be required to maintain our son’s dignity at all times and be aware of his needs in certain situations.
The post holder/s will also be required to give a range of medications, completing record charts as required.
The PA’s will be required to accompany our son to college, Monday – Wednesday - 9-4 and to help and encourage him to reach his full potential. As well, he will need help on trips within the community, assisting with swimming, shopping and days out, enabling him to experience a wide range of activities which will enhance his quality of life.
The successful applicant will be:
Entitled to work in the UK
Patient, with a genuine empathy and willingness to learn and understand the needs and challenges of a disabled young adult
Honest and trustworthy
Reliable with good timekeeping
Hygienic and well presented
Able to follow instructions and work on their own initiative
Full, clean driving licence and confident to drive in the employer’s wheelchair accessible vehicle
Previous experience of providing personal care
Experience of working with people with severe physical disability and complex medical needs.
Flexibility to work some occasional night shifts (different rates of pay will apply)
Availability to accompany the family on holiday/weekends away on occasion
Whilst previous experience is desirable, the qualities of enthusiasm, commitment and a sense of fun and a person centred approach are more important in the right candidate.
Through on-the-job training there will be the opportunity to gain the knowledge and experience required.