Get support Find a Personal Assistant Personal Assistants available for work Female* Personal Assistant/Care Assistant DP2344 Job ref: JS1341 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. Domestic - You will be occasionally required to do the following: - Laundry, washing, drying, hanging out to dry, ironing, putting awayLoading and unloading dishwasher/hand washing dishesChanging bed linen/Bed makingGeneral cleaning and tidying/Taking out rubbishGeneral 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 washingPreparing drinks, snacks and meals.ShoppingMaintenance of small garden, perhaps half an hour a weekCorrespondence e.g. reading letters, help writing replies, form-filling, assisting with household paperworkMaking phone calls on my behalf including helping me with my headsetMaking tea for the employer's guestsOther 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 teethApplying skin creamsGeneral hair/skin care/maintaining fingernailsCatheter care – help me empty/change my bag (the community nurse will come fit my Catheter for me)Using the toiletDressing and undressingGetting into bed and out of bed using a hoistHelp with dispensing and administering tabletsGetting in and out of the wheelchair - transferring with the aid of a hoistMealtimes e.g. cutting up food, assistance to eatPhysiotherapy exercises as requiredOther 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 rightAccompany employer when accessing social and leisure activities, including trips to the cinema, theatre and MS Society meetingsAccompanying employer to doctors/dentists/hospital appointments when requiredOccasional longer journeysAccompanying 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. The successful applicant will be: Female due to personal care needs Respectful of the employer’s privacy and confidentialityReliable with good time-keepingAble to both follow instructions and work on own initiativeHygienic, tidy minded and well organisedFit and healthy to undertake the required dutiesPatient and possess excellent interpersonal skillsHonest and cheerfulCreativeAble to speak and read English to a reasonable standardLegally permitted to work in the United KingdomAble to work at all times to high standards of Health & SafetyPrevious experience preferred but this is not as essential as a kind and common sense approach to these roles.