Job Title: Personal Care Assistant/ Support Worker
Location: Horsham
Hourly rate: £11.50
Reference: GN3741
Hours/shifts: Fridays - 09.30-17.00, Wednesday afternoon ideally 1pm-5pm, Saturday/Sunday for 3 or 4 hours and a few extra hours throughout the week to be discussed. Some flexibility can be discussed at interview. Job share available.

Summary

Hi, our son is in his mid-twenties, interested in music, computer games, You Tube, cars, dogs (although we don’t have a dog) and Bearded Dragons (not the kind found in Game of Thrones). He is an intelligent, thoughtful and caring young man with a great sense of humour and although he may be reserved to begin with, he soon opens up once he gets to know you. Family and friends are very important to him, so he does like to see them as much as possible (depending on covid restrictions).

We are looking for a friendly and reliable Personal Assistant to support him within our family home. He is a full-time wheelchair user and needs support with day to day living. You will be working with an existing team of PA’s to provide social support as well as personal care so he can remain as independent as possible and live his life to the full.

Although he is reliant on Carers, he is very capable of explaining what he wants and needs doing. We are looking for someone who will talk to him, to ask how he would like things done and work with him and his ideas surrounding his care.

Full training is provided with this role so if you are confident, willing to learn, patient and share some of our son’s interests this could be a great match. It would also be helpful for you to be a confident driver and willing to drive the family’s wheelchair adapted car, but this is not essential.

Other Requirements
• Must be comfortable with pets - I have a Bearded Dragon Lizard which lives in a vivarium
• Must be happy to work in a non- smoking environment
• Driver with UK driving licence preferred, but not essential
• Other :
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.

The role requires close personal contact with an individual who is extremely vulnerable to the risk of infection and disease transmission. Preference may be given to applicants who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Careful consideration will be given to applicants who can show the vaccination is not suitable for them on reasonable grounds.

If a PA is not vaccinated they must be willing to do a lateral flow test before entering the home and full PPE will be provided

Description:
Typical duties

Domestic -
General light housework
Preparing drinks, snacks and meals

Personal Care:
• Support with using urine bottle
• Assistance with transfers using a hoist (in/out of wheelchair or bed)
• Helping with other aspects of personal care as required, e.g. supporting my son in the bath and getting him dressed
• Mealtimes e.g. assisting to eat and drink
• Some PEG Tube feeding will be required (full training provided)
• Support with BIPAP (full training provided)

Social:
• Accompanying and assisting my son on shopping trips when required
• Accompany him when accessing social and leisure activities when required
• Occasionally driving and accompanying to social activities such as:
• Cinema
• Pub or coffee shops
• Trips into town
• Meeting up with friends
• The above duties will involve driving him in our specially adapted car
• Whilst on duty at home watching TV such as F1 racing, Big Bang Theory and Top Gear, playing X Box, watching films and also assisting with other indoor activities

Additional Information
Location is only 5 minutes from the bus stop and there is plenty of car parking space

Person specification
The successful applicant will be:
• Male or female
• Non-smoker due to medical reasons
• Hold a UK Driving licence
• Respectful of our 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
• Patient 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.

Please note, if you are successful in your application for this position you will be employed directly by the individual employer and not Independent Lives.