Work in social care Working as a Personal Assistant Female* Personal Assistant/Support Worker DP3282 Job Title: Female personal assistant / Support Worker Location: Worthing Hourly rate: £8.00 per hour Reference: DP3282 Hours/shifts: 2 hours Mon, Wed, Thurs afternoon hours are flexible and Friday 2:45pm – 5:00pm Possibility of overtime and hours may become available in the future Summary I am a 39 year old self-described hippie chick (my hair is currently lilac, just to give you an idea!) who appreciates difference. I am looking for Female personal assistant to support me with personal care, social and domestic support I’m fiercely independent and looking for someone who will help me regain as much of my independence as possible. 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 - Laundry, hanging out to dry, ironing, putting away Helping with laundry, washing and drying Loading and unloading the washing machine Loading and unloading tumble dryer/washing line Changing bed linen Bed making General cleaning Taking out rubbish General housework, including cleaning, dusting and vacuuming. Preparing drinks, snacks and meals. Shopping Tidying Correspondence e.g. reading letters, help writing replies, form-filling, assisting with household paperwork Making phone calls on my behalf when I am too unwell to do this Making tea for the employer's guests Personal Care: Washing and bathing/showering – towelling dry/ drying hair when required Supervision and/or assistance with showering, drying, hair washing/ brushing as required Help getting into and out of bath/shower as required To be on call when employer takes bath Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings Getting into bed Assistance with getting out of bed Help with dispensing tablets Assistance with medication i.e. helping to take tablets from foil/packets Helping with other aspects of personal care as required, for example assisting employer to get changed at swimming pool/gym. Getting in and out of the wheelchair ('transferring') Mealtimes e.g. cutting up food, Physiotherapy exercises Social: Support with parenting Accompanying and assisting employer on shopping trips when required Support with parenting Accompany employer when accessing social and leisure activities, including to swimming lessons, yoga. Accompanying employer to doctors/hospital appointments when required Accompanying when clothes-buying, including help with un/dressing and lifting clothes on/off the rails. Occasional longer journeys Accompanying on trips out e.g. to the library, meditation classes, yoga for people with ME, to see family. Driving and accompanying to social events such as: Cinema University Evening meetings Accompanying on trips out e.g. to take photographs at the beach or in the woods or, visiting friends. Accompanying on trips out eg to the garden centre, beach, cinema, craft fairs, local visits, out shopping for fun, attending social events, attending therapies and disability group Accompanying to social meetings eg friends, family The above duties will involve driving the employer in the employer’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 Able to tolerate the employer smoking in the work place 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.