Job Title: Female Personal Assistant
Location: Bognor Regis
Hourly rate: £9.20 overtime to be paid at hourly rate plus 12.07%
Reference: DP483
Hours/shifts: Tuesday 9 – 1 (but with ability to work a few hours overtime (1pm to 4pm - when required) Thursday 10 - 4

Summary:

Female personal assistant required for a lady living in central Bognor with Cerebral Palsy.
I require some personal care – support with showering. A car driver is essential, and we have a vehicle you can use, or you can use your own if you wish, but you must have business insurance.
I am a friendly lady, who requires someone to enable me to remain independent. I enjoy shopping and going out for a coffee. I am looking for a new personal assistant to help me around the home and out in the community.

Other Requirements
• "Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9."
• 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.

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.
Helping me prepare drinks, snacks, and meals.
Shopping
Tidying
Making tea for the employer's guests

Personal Care:
• Washing and showering – towelling dry/ drying hair
• Supervision and/or assistance with showering, drying, hair washing/ brushing as required
• Help getting into and out of shower as required
• General hair/skin care
• Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings
• Helping with other aspects of personal care as required, for example assisting employer to get changed at swimming pool/gym.
• Mealtimes e.g. cutting up food
• Physiotherapy exercises

Social:
• Accompanying and assisting employer on shopping trips when required
• Accompany employer when accessing social and leisure activities, including to swimming and the gym
• Accompanying employer to doctors/hospital appointments when required
• Accompanying when clothes-buying, including help with un/dressing and lifting clothes on/off the rails.
• Occasional longer journeys
• Accompanying on trips out e.g. to the library, the vet, meditation classes, yoga for people with ME, to see family.
• Driving and accompanying to social events such as:
• Cinema
• Accompanying on trips out e.g. to take photographs at the beach or in the woods or, visiting friends.
• Accompanying on trips out e.g. to the garden centre, beach, cinema, craft fairs, local visits, out shopping for fun, attending social events, attending therapies and disability group
• Accompanying to social meetings e.g. friends, family
• The above duties will involve driving the employer in the PA’s car, lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car, pushing the employer’s wheelchair when out. Alternatively, I would use my walking stick.
• Whilst on duty at the employer’s home watching TV and assisting with craft activities
• Lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car, pushing the employer’s manual wheelchair when out.

Person specification
The successful applicant will be:
Female * due to personal care needs
• 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 role you will be employed directly through the individual and not Independent Lives.