Location: Littlehampton
Hourly rate: £10.00 per hour Monday-Saturday, £12.00 per hour Sunday
Reference: TM6275
Hours/shifts: 10am-1pm or 5.30pm–8.30pm three Sundays a month
Please apply even if you are only interested in some of the hours.

Summary


• Male Support Worker/Carer required to provide support for a 22 year man who has Atypical Autism.
• The Support Worker is needed to help and prompt the young man plan and organise his personal and domestic activities of daily living.
• Support is also needed to help the young man access social situations, as he is keen to make friends but struggles with the complexities of social interaction.
• The young man has many interests including Formula one, rugby, astronomy, science, music and sound engineering. He is helpful, friendly, likes to chat, and is sociable. He enjoys company.
• Ideally the Support worker will have experience of autism and the challenges it can pose.
• The young man responds well to humour and a gentle but persistent approach.
• The employer will be the young man’s parents

Other Requirements

"Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9."
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.
Minor household maintenance eg changing light bulbs, taking down curtains for washing
Preparing drinks, snacks and meals.
Shopping
Maintenance of small garden, perhaps half an hour a week
Assist with grooming cats (training provided) – employer would help
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
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
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 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 e.g. to the library, the vet, meditation classes, yoga for people with ME, to see family.
Driving and accompanying to social events such as:
Cinema
Church
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 PA’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

Male * 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.