Work in social care Working as a Personal Assistant Live-in Carer/Personal care assistant/ Support worker VC6098 Job Title: Live-in Carer/Personal Care Assistant/ Support WorkerLocation: Ifield, Crawley Hourly rate: 84 hours a week = £756.00 (equal to £9.00 per hour) rising to £798.00 (£9.50 per hour) after 3 month successful probation period Reference: VC6098 Hours/shifts: 1 week in 3- live in Summary: I am an outgoing and kind hearted man, with a witty sense of humour. I have a busy social life and enjoy meeting up with friends, going to the gym, Shooting and watching the footballFollowing an accident in 2007 I sustained a complete spinal cord dislocation at C4-C6, leaving me with tetraplegia and in a wheelchairI am looking to recruit friendly, outgoing and upbeat Live-in Carers who are enthusiastic and will support me to lead as normal a life as possible living independently in my own flatAssistance required with all aspects of my daily life, including personal care, domestic tasks and accompanying me to social activitiesAll applicants must be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service checkSuccessful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts. DescriptionTypical dutiesDomestic - Laundry, hanging out to dry, ironing, putting awayLoading and unloading the washing machine/ tumble dryer/washing lineChanging bed linenBed makingTaking out rubbishGeneral housework, including cleaning, dusting and vacuuming. Minor household maintenance eg changing light bulbs, taking down curtains for washingPreparing drinks, snacks and meals.ShoppingMaintenance of small garden, perhaps half an hour a weekTidyingAssistance with dogCorrespondence e.g. reading letters, help writing replies, form-filling, assisting with household paperworkMaking phone calls on my behalf when I am too unwell to do thisMaking tea for the employer's guests 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• Catheter care• Using the toilet • Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings• Getting into bed• Assistance with getting out of bed using a hoist• 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/shooting. • Getting in and out of the wheelchair ('transferring') • Mealtimes e.g. cutting up food• Physiotherapy exercises – Stretches/standing frame/leg bike/hand cycle Social: • Accompanying and assisting employer on shopping trips when required• Accompany employer when accessing social and leisure activities, including to swimming lessons, the gym, and karate. • 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 • Driving and accompanying to social events• Accompanying to social meetings eg friends, family• The above duties will involve driving the employer in his car, lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car, pushing the employer’s wheelchair when out. Person specificationThe successful applicant will be: • 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• To be professionalPrevious experience preferred but this is not as essential as a kind and common sense approach to these roles.