Get support Find a Personal Assistant Personal Assistants available for work Female* Personal Assistant/Care Assistant DP2344 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.