Job Title: Female* Personal Assistant
Location:  Littlehampton            
Hourly rate:  £10.00 (plus Expenses)
Reference:  VC6776
Hours/shifts:Saturday & Sunday 9am to 5pm (and possibly during the week from 10am to 3pm to be discussed at interview)

Summary:

Patient, empathic and reliable PA required to care for elderly lady with dementia.  Tasks will include assisting with personal care, preparing meals, light household tasks, taking the lady out socially as required and ensuring her safety at all times.  Flexibility is essential.

Other Requirements
• *"Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9."  
• 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
Typical duties
Domestic -      Preparing drinks, snacks and meals
General housework tasks, including cleaning, dusting and vacuuming
Tidying
Taking out rubbish
Bed making, changing bed linen
Helping with laundry, washing, drying, ironing, putting away
Minor household maintenance, e.g. changing light bulbs, taking down curtains for washing
Making tea for the employer's guests
Shopping

Personal Care: 
• Assistance/supervision with washing, bathing/showering and drying as required
• Help getting into and out of bath/shower as required
• Drying/brushing hair
• Assistance with applying cream
• General hair/skin care
• Catheter care
• Using the toilet
• Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings
• Getting into bed
• Help with dispensing tablets
• Ensuring medication taken at correct times
• Getting in and out of the wheelchair ('transferring')
• Mealtimes e.g. cutting up food, assistance to eat
• Physiotherapy exercises

Social:        
• Accompanying and assisting employer on shopping trips when required
• Accompanying and driving employer when accessing social and leisure activities
• Accompanying employer to doctors/hospital appointments when required
• Occasional longer journeys
• Driving and accompanying to social events such as:
• 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.