Work in social care Working as a Personal Assistant Female Personal Care Assistant DP5497 Job title – Female* Personal care assistant Location: East Grinstead Hourly rate: £12 Reference: DP5497 Hours/shifts: 2 – 3 hours per day Monday – Thursday mornings, hours are negotiable. Job/Contract Type – Permanent, part-time Summary Are you a kind, caring and flexible person who understands physical and learning disabilities? Are you looking for a part-time job in the mornings? This could be the role for you. I am looking for a personal assistant to help me live independently, help with personal care, domestic duties and social activities. Any experience with PEG feeding, using hoists and Epilepsy would be a huge benefit, although training can be provided if you don’t have any. I am a young woman and I live with my parents who support me. I have been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy and a range of other health problems. I also have a learning disability. I am non-verbal and would really love someone who loves to communicate and is as sociable as I am. I’d like someone who would be willing to take me out for activities on the days I’m able to go and listen to music and spend time with me indoors when I’m not. Because of my epilepsy, I can become unwell during the night, so I’d need someone who is flexible with the hours they can work, so they can start early in the mornings if needed, to help give my mum a break. 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 Must be willing to drive me in your car Other : 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. Personal Care: Washing and bathing/showering – towelling dry/ drying hair 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 Assistance with applying cream General hair/skin care Using the toilet Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings Getting into bed Assistance with getting out of bed using a hoist 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, assistance to eat Social: Accompanying on trips out e.g. to the park, to see family. The above duties will involve driving the employer in the PA’s car, lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car, pushing the employer’s wheelchair when out. 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 Patience 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.