Work in social care Working as a Personal Assistant Carer/Personal Assistant/Support Workers DP4836a Job Title: Female* Carers/Personal Care Assistants/ Support Workers Location: Lancing Hourly rate: £8.50 per hour-bank staff/£15 Per hour weekend staff. Reference: DP4836a Hours/shifts: Bank staff x3-variable shifts. 1x weekend worker 7.30am-12.30/5 hours-job share possible. Summary Female* Carers/Personal Care Assistants/Support Workers required to work for young woman living independently in own flat in Lancing I have cerebral palsy and epilepsy and am physically unable to carry out most tasks but am passionate about my rights to live my life the way I choose and want full control over my independence Assistance required with all aspects of my daily life, including personal care, domestic tasks and accompanying me to social activities I have a busy social life and am looking for friendly, outgoing carers who are able to support me with everything I need. My carers are required to drive me in my own wheelchair adapted vehicle (need to be over 25 for insurance purposes) If you are up for a challenge and can make a stonking cup of tea, you may be the right PA for me! At least NVQ level 2 or 3 preferred Other Requirements "Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9." Must be comfortable with pets Must have a UK driving licence Must have access to own vehicle Other : As this position involves you driving my car, I am restricted to employing people who are aged 25 years or over due to insurance rules 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 and putting away Loading and unloading the washing machine Changing bed linen Bed making General cleaning Taking rubbish out General household maintenance e.g. changing light bulbs, light gardening (e.g. re potting plants, dead heading and watering) taking down curtains for washing Preparing drinks (I use a special mug as it takes too long with a straw. I also use aprons so I don’t get my clothes dirty), snacks and meals – you must be able to cook and or follow recipes as I don’t like ready meals Shopping – I either go to Tesco in Shoreham, Lyons farm Sainsbury’s or on line shopping Assist with grooming and feeding cats (training provided) General tidying up Correspondence e.g. reading letters, help writing replies, form filling, assisting with household paperwork Making phone calls on my behalf when I am unwell to do this Making tea for my guests Personal Care: Washing and showering – towelling dry, drying hair and brushing as required Supervision and assistance throughout showering experience. Sometimes I like to stay in the shower as the steam helps clear my chest. You will be required to stay inside the bathroom or nearby where you can hear me Help to get in and out of the shower as required using hoist. In the mornings I will have 2 PAs to assist with this. On other occasions you will be required to use the hoist by yourself Assistance with applying cream when I have pressure sores General skin and hair care Dressing and undressing/helping with buttons and fastenings Support to go to the toilet by either using a bottle or using the hoist to get me onto the toilet Medication dispensing as directed by me i.e. helping to take the tablets from the foil/packets and putting the medication in my mouth Assisting with getting in and out of bed using the hoist Helping with other aspects of personal care as required, for example assisting me to get changed in the swimming pool/gym Getting me in and out of the wheelchair (‘transferring’) Support at mealtimes e.g. preparing and cutting up food and assistance to eat. I eat small bites of moist food for example spaghetti Bolognese and if I have a roast I like lots of gravy You need to support me with chest physiotherapy exercises and other physiotherapy daily; training will be provided. Sometimes, during cold weather, my hand will not be able to operate my wheelchair control so on these occasions you must be happy to manually push my wheelchair Social: Accompanying and assisting me on shopping trips when required Accompanying when clothes buying, including help with undressing/dressing and lifting clothes off the rails Accompanying me when accessing social and leisure activities, including swimming and art classes Occasional longer journeys e.g. to London by car or train to get my splints reviewed (once or twice a year) Accompanying on trips out e.g. the vet, theatre group, work, pubs and cafes, cinema, theatre and shows Attending work with me and being able to fit in, and help me carry out my work (admin skills will be required i.e. writing down a phone message for me, retrieving files, writing notes) Attending university with me when my other PA is on holiday/sick (I will have a note taker at university but you will be required to help me drink/eat or go to the toilet if I need to) Some of the above duties will involve driving my car which I am wheeled into and my wheelchair is clamped to the floor Person specification The successful applicant will be: Female due to personal care tasks Respectful of my privacy and confidentiality Reliable with good time-keeping Able to follow instruction from me and also work on own initiative Hygienic Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties Patience and possess excellent interpersonal skills Honest and cheerful Someone who will take time to listen to me and work out what I want 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 and safety Previous experience with epilepsy and the use of nebulisers ideal but training can be provided Happy to drive long distances in my car which is manual Must like animals as I have 2 cats Smoking only allowed during your break, outside the property and not around me Be happy to accompany me to church This can be a difficult role and takes a special kind of person to fulfill it. You need to be selfless and be able to take a lot of direction from me.