Job Title: Female Support Worker/Personal Care Assistant

Location: Bracklesham Bay, Chichester
Hourly rate: £12.00
Reference: BRR7556
Hours/shifts: School holiday periods mainly e.g. one day at weekends and some evenings. Flexibility needed.

Summary

• I am looking for a Female PA to support my daughter who is 14 years old.
• She has a diagnosis of Cri Du Chat Syndrome which limits her mobility and can make her unsteady on her feet. She has no awareness of danger and so constant supervision is required.
• She also has limited speech but can be understood and those that get to know her well are best able to understand her. A knowledge of Makaton would be useful.
• She is a very energetic, sociable, happy and excitable young lady, great fun to be with.
• She enjoys going bowling, trampolining and loves days out to the zoo or anywhere with animals!
• She enjoys having one to one interaction and it supports her in so many ways.
• The support requires elements of personal care, specifically support with toileting and changing.
• We would like someone who has a car to be able to transport her around in the community to access all sorts of fun activities and spaces. Being active is very important for her.
• You should have experience of working with children/young people with similar needs and be friendly, fun, patient and reliable.
• Must be fit and healthy to do the required tasks e.g. lifting wheelchair in/out of car, pushing wheelchair on occasions.

Other Requirements
• Must be comfortable with pets
• Non-smoker preferred or someone who is willing to refrain from smoking during work hours.
• Must have a UK driving licence
• Must have access to own vehicle
• Other :
All applicants must be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check if required.
Successful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts.

Description
Typical duties

Personal Care:
• Changing of products/personal hygiene is required as she is double incontinent
• Washing and bathing/showering – towelling dry/ drying hair (very occasionally)
• Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings
• Getting into bed (on occasions)
• Help with dispensing tablets
• Assistance with medication i.e. helping to take tablets from foil/packets
• Mealtimes e.g. cutting up food, assistance to eat

Social:
• Driving and accompanying to social events such as:
• Cinema, farms, bowling etc
• 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
• 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.
• Occasional evening supervision at employer’s home.
• She has no awareness of danger and must be kept safe and supervised at all times.

Person specification
The successful applicant will be:
• Female due to personal care needs
• Experienced in working with children/young people with similar needs
• Driver with own car
• Able to keep the young girl supervised at all times
• 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 trustworthy
• 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 essential.

Please note, if you are successful in your application for this position you will be employed directly by the individual employer and not Independent Lives