Job Title: Female personal assistant / Support Worker
Location: Worthing           
Hourly rate: £10.60 per hour up to 17.5 hours per week     
Reference: DP3282            
Hours/shifts: Monday (11am – 2:30pm) Tuesday and Friday (2pm – 6:30pm) and Wednesday and Thursday  (12am – 2:30pm)
plus further hours to be discussed.
Possibility of overtime and hours may become available in the future
Summary
• I am a 41 year old self-described hippie chick (my hair is currently blue), 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 in a bohemian household
• 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.
Please note that if you are successful in your application for this role, you will be employed directly through the individual employer and not Independent Lives.