Location: Southwater / Hourly rate: £10 / Reference: DP5647

Summary

I am looking for a friendly Personal assistant/ buddy for my 23 year old disabled son to enable him to manage living independently in his flat.  Whilst he will be supported in his tenancy on a weekly basis by a visit from a support worker from Southdown Housing, he will need a PA to complement this who will meet with him regularly during the week (possibly 2/3 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week, or as mutually agreed) to support him.  He needs help to maintain a routine including  budgeting, cleaning, shopping, planning and preparing meals and to access social opportunities in the environment in which he is living.  He also requires help with letter writing, job hunting and other administrative tasks.

The emphasis is encouraging and helping equip my son towards greater confidence in his ability to look after himself and live as independently as possible. 

Hours/Shifts

12 hours per week flexible 

Other Requirements

*Sch. 9 s. 1 (1) Equality Act 2010 applies

Must be comfortable with pets

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

About the employer:

I am the mother to my 23 year old disabled son who has attachment disorder and learning difficulties including dyslexia.  Whilst appearing very capable on the surface, he struggles with social cues, time, money and self-management and impulsive behaviour when stressed. 

He loves to keep busy enjoying outdoor and indoor activities such as; walking, climbing, pool, cinema, cycling and roller blading.  He prefers to do things rather than just sitting and chatting but does also enjoy going to the pub sometimes.  He is a capable horse rider and knows how to ski and sail.  At the weekends he likes to go shopping and would like to be able to go further afield than Horsham and would also like to explore London and maybe spend a weekend away from home.

My son has moved into his own flat about a year ago as part of a supported transition to independent living.  He is keen to be successful in living independently from his family and requires support to do this.   <span "="">

Nature of the work:

Whilst Andy is supported in his tenancy on a weekly basis by a visit from a support worker from Southdown Housing, he needs a PA to complement this who will meet with him regularly during the week (possibly 2/3 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week, or as mutually agreed) to support him in managing his flat.  He needs help to form and maintain a routine of budgeting, cleaning, shopping, planning and preparing meals, some degree self-care, and to explore the new environment in which he is living.

The emphasis is encouraging and helping equip my son towards greater confidence in his ability to look after himself and live as independently as possible. 

Typical duties

Domestic -       

  • To help plan a routine of cleaning and washing.
  • To help plan, shop and sometimes help prepare simple and healthy meals.

Personal Care:   

  • Reminders to shower, use eczema lotions and wear appropriate clothing.

Social:             

  • Accompany employer’s son when accessing social and leisure activities for the first time, e.g. to the cinema, bowling.
  • Accompanying employer’s son to doctors/hospital/dental appointments when required
  • Accompanying employer’s son when shopping and clothes-buying.
  • Helping to plan and budget for day trips using public transport (eg to London, Portsmouth, Brighton). 
  • Helping to plan and accompany on weekend or week long trips away. 

Person specification

The successful applicant will be: 

  • Male due to personal care needs
  • Respectful of the employer’s and client’s privacy and confidentiality
  • Reliable with good time-keeping
  • Able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative
  • 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.