Work in social care Working as a Personal Assistant Personal and Social Support Assistant-MP6547 Job Title: *Female Personal and Social Support Assistant Location: Bognor Regis Hourly rate:£9.50 Reference: MP6547 Hours/shifts: Two positions available. 10 hpw and 7 hpw Monday 9am- 1pm, Tuesday 10.30am – 1.30pm, Wednesday 10am – 1pm, Thursday 9am – 1pm Friday 12 noon – 3pmDays/times will occasionally need to be slightly flexible due to my fluctuating health. Summary I am a lady in my late 50’s looking for assistance with food preparation, personal care, emotional support, domestic needs and support to access my local community I have MS and hearing loss. This makes it difficult for me to carry out general day to day tasks. Once in my local community I require someone to push me in my wheelchair. I sometimes have low moods and require motivation to keep myself occupied during these times. I require assistance to maintain my nutritionals needs and preparing drinks and snacks. It is important that I have support with my personal care such as assistance showering, drying and dressing/undressing. Because my disability prevents me from carrying out housework I will require assistance with laundry, cleaning, tidying, washing dishes, changing bedclothes etc My hearing loss makes it hard to communicate over the phone. There will be times when I may require support to make/receive calls.Although I have my own adapted vehicles, I would prefer all applicants to have their own car. This would be a very rewarding role for the right person. 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 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 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. Tidying Correspondence e.g. reading letters, help writing replies, form-filling, assisting with household paperwork Making/receiving phone calls on my behalf when required Plus any other related tasks as required. 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/shower General hair/skin careMotivate and encourage me to keep busy when I start to feel down Support accessing the toilet as required Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings Assistance with transferring between chair/wheelchair/car etc Help with prompting medication Assistance with medication i.e. helping to take tablets from foil/packets Contacting GP if my physical or mental health deterioratesPlus any other related tasks as required. Social: Accompanying and assisting employer on shopping trips when required Accompany employer when accessing social and leisure activities 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 general trips out Driving and accompanying to social events and general activities within the local community The above duties may involve driving the employer in the PA’s car, lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car, pushing the employer’s wheelchair when out. Plus any other related tasks as required.Employees must be willing to drive me in their own vehicle if required in return for a payment or 35p per mile. 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 Motivating and calming 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.