Job Title: Female Personal Assistant (to start asap)
Location: Tarring, Worthing
Hourly rate: £11
Reference: DP5675
Hours/shifts: 14 hours per week (days) plus cover of holiday hours. Days to be worked are Tuesday & Wednesday 9am-4pm

We are currently looking for a female personal assistant to support our teenage daughter. She likes creative activities such as art, cookery and creative writing. She also likes pampering sessions with pedicures and nail painting.

She can be shy at first until she gets to know you and due to deterioration of her sight and balance, things need to be kept in their place and routines followed. This is also essential due to being on the Autistic Spectrum. She also has Wolfram Syndrome, Type 1 Diabetes and a Tracheostomy and uses a wheelchair for when required outside.

Our daughter’s Diabetes is well controlled, however on rare occasions she may have a hypo and require blood tests and the appropriate action taken. We would require you to comfort her should she have a diabetic hypo. All training will be given; and you must be prepared to attend training courses as required.

We are a friendly family with 2 cats and a dog in the household. The work you would be doing with our daughter would be within our home and at Chailey Heritage Foundation on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s. We are also trying to encourage her to improve her independent skills and to try out new activities. We would like the PA to assist in taking her to attend the sessions at Chailey, so a car is necessary and mileage will be paid. She needs to try to socialise a bit more than she does currently and we would appreciate and value you supporting her with this.

Other Requirements 

• "Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9."
• Must be comfortable with pets
• Non smoker required due to medical reasons
• Must have a UK driving licence
• Must have access to own vehicle
• Other :
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.

Typical duties

Domestic - 
• Putting any wet clothes in washing machine if at home or on return home.
• You will be required to administer correct insulin dose for mealtimes
• Heat up and serve her a meal and to ensure that she drinks regularly.

Personal Care: 
• Helping to change incontinence pads
• Personal hygiene
• Helping to check Blood Glucose & administer insulin when required or to treat hypos or hypers.
• Suctioning of Trachy tube as required.

• Take my daughter out to Chailey Heritage
• Go shopping or to pampering sessions.
• Do activities e.g. listen to music, art, manicures etc.

Person specification
The successful applicant will be: 
• Reliable, punctual, friendly and flexible
• Happy to work with a young adult
• Happy to lone work
• Trustworthy and willing to follow directions and procedures as per family’s instructions.
• Able to empathise with a teenager losing her sight, her balance and affected by a rare condition.
• Happy to undergo training as required and preferably have some knowledge about Tracheostomy and/or Diabetes care.
• Be like-minded or have similar interests to my daughter
• 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

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