Job Title: 2x Personal Care Assistant/Support Worker
Location:     Burgess Hill       
Hourly rate:       £11.00 
Reference:   LR4951          
Hours/shifts: Up to 7.5 hours per week Monday – Friday shifts average 1 hour per day plus one longer 2.5 hour shift per week by mutual arrangement.
Summary 
•  I am man in my 50’s living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and an acquired brain injury (ABI). I have slurred speech, mobility issues and severe on-going pain that is managed with medication. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to put sentences together. 
• I require two experienced PAs to work together on shift supporting me with daily living tasks including personal care, managing finances and accessing the community.
• Support with behaviour management such as help with emotional needs and anger management will be required.
Other Requirements 
• Must be comfortable with pets 
• Previous experience of working with people with ABIs is essential.
 
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.
Description
Typical duties
Domestic -        
• Laundry, hanging out to dry, ironing, putting away
• Helping with laundry, washing and drying
• Loading and unloading the washing machine
• Loading and unloading tumble dryer/washing line
• Changing bed linen
• Bed making
• General cleaning
• Taking out rubbish
• General housework, including cleaning, dusting and vacuuming.
• Minor household maintenance eg changing light bulbs, taking down curtains for washing
• Preparing drinks, snacks and meals.
• Shopping
• Maintenance of small garden, perhaps half an hour a week
• Assist with grooming cats (training provided) – employer would help
• Tidying
• Correspondence e.g. reading letters, help writing replies, form-filling, assisting with household paperwork
• Making phone calls on my behalf when I am too unwell to do this
• Making tea for the employer's guests
Personal Care:  
• Washing and bathing/showering – towelling dry/ drying hair
• Supervision and/or assistance with showering, drying, hair washing/ brushing as required
• Help getting into and out of bath/shower as required
• To be on call when employer takes bath
• Assistance with applying cream
• General hair/skin care
• Using the toilet
• Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings
• Help with dispensing tablets 
• Assistance with medication i.e. helping to take tablets from foil/packets
• Helping with other aspects of personal care as required
 
Social:        
• Accompanying and assisting employer on shopping trips when required
• Accompany employer when accessing social and leisure activities,
• Accompanying employer to doctors/hospital appointments when required
• Accompanying when clothes-buying, including help with un/dressing and lifting clothes on/off the rails.
• Accompanying on trips out e.g. to the library, the vet
• Driving and accompanying to social events such as:
• Cinema
• Church
• The above duties may involve driving the employer in the PA’s car, lifting the folding walker in/out of car.
 Person specification
The successful applicant will be:  
Respectful of the employer’s privacy and confidentiality 
Able to tolerate pet rabbit.
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 of working with people with ABIs
Report back any areas of risk, changes/issues with the employer not previously identified to social services.
  
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