Job Title: 2x Personal Assistant/support Worker
Location: Crawley
Hourly rate: £10.00
Reference: LR7127
Hours/shifts: 2.5 hours a week term time and 5 hours a weeks in school holidays for 2 PAs working 2:1

Summary
• I am a mother to my 13 year old son who uses a wheelchair and is non verbal but can be very vocal at times. He is a happy boy and loves swimming, the sensory room and being outdoors.
• Our first language at home is Portuguese but my son although non verbal responds to both English and Portuguese.
• I am looking for kind and calm PAs to engage with son in my home and in the local community in activities he enjoys supervising him at all times.
• He requires 2:1 care therefore you will always be working with either a member of my family or another PA.
• The work may involve taking my son on outings/activities in a car, for which mileage will be paid.
• This is a rewarding role with all professional training provided.
• I have epilepsy and require you to have had training

Other Requirements

• Must be comfortable with pets
• Non-smoker preferred or someone who is willing to refrain from smoking during work hours.
• Ideally will have a UK driving licence and access to own vehicle
• Other :
All applicants must be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service checkSuccessful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts.

Description
Typical duties

Personal Care: 
• Nappy changing as required.
• Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings.
• Assistance with other aspects of personal care as required, for example assisting my son to get changed in swimming pool/gym.
• Assistance with getting in and out of the wheelchair ('transferring')
• Assistance at mealtimes e.g. cutting up food and prompting me to eat

Social: 
• Accompanying my son on trips out in the local community engaging him in activities he enjoys including swimming and keeping him safe.
• The above duties may involve driving my son in the PA’s car, lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car, pushing me when out.
• Whilst on duty in my home watching TV, playing with my son and keeping him occupied.

 Person specification
The successful applicant will be: 
• Respectful of the employer’s privacy and confidentiality
• Reliable with good time-keeping
• Able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative
• Hygienic, tidy minded and well organised
• Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties
• Patience and possess excellent interpersonal skills
• Honest and cheerful
• Creative
• Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard
• Legally permitted to work in the United Kingdom
• Able to work at all times to high standards of Health & Safety
Previous experience preferred but this is not as essential as a kind and common sense approach to these roles.

Please note, if you are successful in your application for this position you will be employed directly by the individual employer and not Independent Lives