Location: Cowfold, near Horsham / Hourly rate: £10.50 / Reference: KB5054

Summary

Female Personal Assistant required to support a very active and totally inspiring 28 year old young lady with severe epilepsy and learning difficulties.

You must be fun, caring and passionate about working as a personal assistant

We would prefer that the applicant has experience of working with people with epilepsy however if your qualities shine through this may not be an issue.

Hours/Shifts

Friday and Saturday  – 16:00 – 22:30  

Other Requirements

*Sch. 9 s. 1 (1) Equality Act 2010 applies

Must have a UK driving licence

Must have access to own vehicle

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

Nature of the work:

I am a young lady aged 29 with a highly active life. I have severe epilepsy but this does not stop me from doing all the things I love in life. My passions are horse riding, cooking, gym, drawing, painting, food (which I am trying to be very good with, I have sweet tooth), music, dancing, films, being with my cats.  

Typical duties

Domestic -       

I need help cleaning up after meals and help me to keep my bedroom tidy and to prompt me to tidy up after myself. As I can sometimes be a little lazy and leave it for my mum to do it all!

Support with life skills for example:

  • Laundry, hanging out to dry, ironing, putting away
  • Helping with laundry, washing and drying 
  • Changing bed linen
  • Bed making
  • General cleaning
  • Taking out rubbish
  • General housework, including cleaning, dusting and vacuuming. 
  • Preparing drinks, snacks and meals.
  • Shopping
  • Tidying

Personal Care:   

I do not need help when using the toilet but need staff to make sure I am sitting down first before leaving me, then to stand outside the door and to listen out for me as I can sometimes have a seizure on the toilet.

When in the shower I am always sat in my shower chair. I will need my personal assistant to wash my hair for me but the rest I can do myself I may just need a little prompting. I need help putting on my bra as I find this difficult especially in the mornings when I have increased seizures.

I need to be encouraged to brush my teeth at the back as I tend to just do the front and my tongue. 

I take medication for my Epilepsy which you will need to administer on occasions 

I also take emergency rectal medication on occasions – full medication training will be provided but you must eventually feel comfortable and confident with this part of the role.

Safety is paramount to me as I have drop seizures, I always need you near by in case I am about to fall.

Social:             

  • I like to be out in the community as much as possible. I go horse riding twice a week which is very important to me as I ride two amazing horses Teddy and Basil.
  • I go to the gym twice a week in order to keep fit as my medication has made me put on quite a bit of weight in the past year. I need lots of encouragement for this to help me keep going.
  • I volunteer at the Cats Protection Centre once a week I love cats which you will find out. We have four cats at home and my baby is Maisy.
  • I go to the butterfly project on a Monday to do cooking and to help out and see my friends.
  • I regularly go out with my boyfriend Chris to the cinema, bowling, his house; mine, pantomimes, and we both enjoy eating out.
  • I also enjoying going for a walk around my village, going to the post office where my mum works as I know a lot of people from my village. I really enjoy being sociable. 

Helen’s emergency medication is rectal diazepam, so staff will need to be trained and feel comfortable and confident administering this. Rectal diazepan is the only emergency medication that works on Helen. You also need to think about keeping her dignity when administering this out in the public.  We will discuss ways of doing this.

Person specification

The successful applicant with preferable have experience of working with someone with epilepsy, but if we feel that your personality shines through and you are willing to learn then we would consider someone without. The successful applicant will be passionate about being a personal assistant. Be friendly, bubbly and down to earth and enjoy the job. To have a giggle with Helen and to make sure she is kept safe at all times and to help her to lead a fulfilling life.

You will:

  • Be willing to have a DBS check (formerly CRB) prior to starting the role
  • Have a driving licence and car or willing to drive the family car
  • Be able to treat all aspects of your role with confidentiality
  • Need to genuinely care about independent living and Helen’s right to have a full an exciting life
  • Be able to work well with other members of the family and take instructions