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 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.
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

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.

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
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.