Job Title: Female Personal Assistant
Location: Burgess Hill
Hourly rate: £9.50 per hour
Reference: DP7046
Hours/shifts: A minimum of 100 hours per year consisting of holiday cover and sickness cover/short notice shifts. Hours to be worked between 07:00 and 15:00 as mutually agreed

Could this be you... or do you know someone who would be great?
● I am an intelligent young lady on the Autistic Spectrum, looking for a PA to support with daily living and independence
● I love animals particularly horses and attend Equine Assisted Learning twice a week
● I am passionate about disability rights/advocacy
● I require assistance with mobility, pacing and have chronic pain
● I will need support with transport to activities or appointments; help with organisation and liaising with providers by phone
● Tasks also include simple meal preparation and some household chores
● I require a driver
● This is a rewarding role with professional training provided
● Need to be available to do short notice shifts

Other Requirements
• "Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9." Female for personal care purposes
• Must be comfortable with dogs
• Must be happy to work in a non smoking environment - 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

Meals: meal, drinks and snack preparation and support with meal time, including making refreshments for the client's guests.
Laundry: loading/unloading the washing machine; hanging washing out to dry/loading tumble dryer; ironing; putting laundry away; changing bed linen and bed making.
General housework: including cleaning; tidying; sweeping; mopping; dusting; taking out rubbish/compost; cleaning toilet.
Minor household maintenance.
Shopping and putting it away.
Correspondence: e.g. reading letters; help writing replies; form-filling; assisting with household paperwork; making phone calls on my behalf.

Personal Care:
Support to be independent: e.g. give reminders to wash/shower and wash hair. To be on call when client takes shower.
Assist with mobility: getting in and out of the wheelchair ('transferring'); lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car; pushing the clients manual wheelchair when out.
Support with health: help with dispensing tablets and ensuring medication is taken; support to do physiotherapy exercises; ensure 6 meals eaten per day with regular fluid.
Support with communication: break down tasks into small steps; accompanying client to doctors/hospital/therapy appointments when required.

Accompany to and during activities and appointments
Assisting client on shopping trips when required; accompanying when clothes-buying, including help lifting clothes on/off the rails.
Accompany client when accessing social and leisure activities and events, including swimming and horse activities.
Driving and accompanying to activities and occasional longer journeys:
e.g. library, garden centre, beach, the woods, disability groups or local visits,
to meet with friends and family.
The above duties will involve driving the client in the PA’s car.
Whilst on duty at the client ’s home using internet and assisting with craft activities.
Any other duties that can be reasonably expected.

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
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 this 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.