Location:             Chichester

Hourly rate:      £9.73 per hour  

Reference:    DP2344

Hours/shifts: Maternity cover-Tuesday and Thursday 8am-1pm and 2.30pm to 6.30 pm.-18 hours per week.

 

Summary

 

Maternity cover-fixed term 1 year-may extend beyond this period. Bank Staff-holiday and sickness cover.

 I am a lady in my 50’s living in my own home in Chichester.  I have a good sense of humour and a positive outlook on life.  I have been living with my Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for over 20 years and am now at a stage where I am restricted to a wheelchair.  I am entirely dependent on my carers for my physical needs like eating and bathing.  That said my mind is still sharp and I enjoy crosswords, chatting, watching films and going to the theatre. I have a full range of carers who help me live a normal every day life.  I like to be actively involved in the day to day running of the household and to interact with my carers on an equal basis.

Other Requirements

  • "Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9."
  • Must have a UK driving licence: Desirable and be over 21 (for insurance reasons) but not vital for this role
  • Must have access to own vehicle: No – but must be able to reach the place of work

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 – 

You will be occasionally required to do the following: -

 

Laundry, washing, drying, hanging out to dry, ironing, putting away

Loading and unloading dishwasher/hand washing dishes

Changing bed linen/Bed making

General cleaning and tidying/Taking out rubbish

General housework, including cleaning, dusting and vacuuming – we have a regular cleaner but you may be required to help out from time to time to cover holidays and sickness.

Minor household maintenance e.g. changing light bulbs, taking down curtains for washing

Preparing drinks, snacks and meals.

Shopping

Maintenance of small garden, perhaps half an hour a week

Correspondence e.g. reading letters, help writing replies, form-filling, assisting with household paperwork

Making phone calls on my behalf including helping me with my headset

Making tea for the employer's guests

Other light domestic tasks as reasonably required by the employer

 

 

Personal care-

 

You will be required fully assist with some or all of the following: -

 

Washing and bathing – towelling dry/ drying hair – When bathing you will be required to put me in the bath with the aid of a hoist and to bend over into the bath to clean me.  You will not be required to lift my full body weight but it is a moderately physical role.

Brushing teeth

Applying skin creams

General hair/skin care/maintaining fingernails

Catheter care – help me empty/change my bag (the community nurse will come fit my Catheter for me)

Using the toilet

Dressing and undressing

Getting into bed and out of bed using a hoist

Help with dispensing and administering tablets

Getting in and out of the wheelchair - transferring with the aid of a hoist

Mealtimes e.g. cutting up food, assistance to eat

Physiotherapy exercises as required

Other Personal Care tasks as reasonably required by the employer. 

 

Social

You must be able to push me in my wheelchair to the cinema and to other social activities.  You need to dress appropriately for all weather conditions and must wear sensible footwear.  This will require a moderate level of physical activity.

Accompanying and assisting employer on shopping trips when required this may include dressing me in new clothing to check it fits/looks right

Accompany employer when accessing social and leisure activities, including trips to the cinema, theatre and MS Society meetings

Accompanying employer to doctors/dentists/hospital appointments when required

Occasional longer journeys

Accompanying on trips out of town e.g. to the garden centre, beach, cinema, craft fairs, local visits, out shopping for fun, attending social events and disability groups.  This may involve where applicable driving the employer in the Van, operating the folding lift and pushing wheelchair in/out of van, pushing the employer’s wheelchair when out – full training will be given.

 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

Patient 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.

If over 21 (for insurance reasons) a full clean driving license would be an advantage as I have a Van though it is not a fundamental requirement for the advertised role.