Work in social care Working as a Personal Assistant Personal Assistant DP1757 Job Title: Personal Assistant/Support Worker Location: Lancing Hourly rate: £8.50 per hour to be increased to £9.00 when training completed Reference: DP1757 Hours/shifts: Monday 10am - 3pm, Tuesday 10am – 3pm and Saturday 9am – 2pm Possible job share – to be discussed at interview Summary Personal assistant required to join a team supporting a young male adult with special needs. This will involve working with him at home but more importantly out in the community enjoying life. Planned activities include shopping, swimming, bowling, music and sensory sessions as well as trips to local points of interest. Must be confident in the swimming pool All aspects of personal care required. Other Requirements 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 - Changing bed linen Bed making General cleaning Taking out rubbish General housework, including cleaning, dusting and vacuuming. Preparing drinks, snacks and meals. Shopping Tidying Personal Care: Washing and bathing/showering – towelling dry/ drying hair Help getting into and out of bath/shower as required Assistance with applying cream General hair/skin care Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings Getting into bed Assistance with getting out of bed using a hoist Help with dispensing tablets Helping with other aspects of personal care as required, for example assisting employer to get changed in swimming pool/gym. Getting in and out of the wheelchair ('transferring') Mealtimes e.g. cutting up food, assistance to eat Social: Accompanying and assisting client on shopping trips when required Accompany client when accessing social and leisure activities Accompanying client to doctors/hospital appointments when required Occasional longer journeys Accompanying on trips out Driving and accompanying to social events such as: Cinema Evening meetings Accompanying on trips out Accompanying to social meetings The above duties will involve driving the client in their car using lift to get in/out of car, pushing the client wheelchair when out. Pushing the employer’s manual wheelchair when out. Person specification The 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 Previous experience preferred but this is not as essential as a kind and common sense approach to these roles.