Work in social care Working as a Personal Assistant Personal Assistant HCC362 Job Title: Personal AssistantLocation: Winchester Hourly rate: £9.50 rising to £10 per hour after completion of probationary period.Reference: HCC362 Hours/shifts: 25 hours a week job share. Role1: 20 hours per week and Role 2: 5 hours per week. Summary • Personal Care Assistant with healthcare experience required for paraplegic lady, to assist with all aspects of personal care, domestic and social tasks. • I have 25 hours a week to split between 2 people. Joining 2 current members of my team. • Accompany me shopping, cinema, walking dogs and social events • Escort to range of medical appointments using hospital transport and Dial-a-ride• Own car with business use on License and References essential.• Pet lovers essential as I have dogs and cats around the house.• The successful applicant will be happy to fit in with friends and family. • Confidentiality and ability to work efficiently is required. Other Requirements • "Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9." • Must be comfortable with pets • Smoking outside permitted • Must have a UK driving licence • Access to own vehicle • Other : All applicants must be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service checkSuccessful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts. DescriptionTypical dutiesDomestic -Laundry, hanging out to dry, ironing, putting awayHelping with laundry, washing and drying Loading and unloading the washing machineHang washing on line or on clothes airerChanging bed linenBed makingGeneral cleaningTaking out rubbishGeneral housework, including cleaning, dusting and vacuuming. Minor household maintenance eg changing light bulbs, taking down curtains for washingPreparing drinks, snacks and meals.ShoppingMaintenance of garden, perhaps an hour every two weeksAssist with grooming dogs – employer would helpTidyingCorrespondence e.g., help writing replies, form-filling, assisting with household paperworkMaking phone calls on my behalf when I am too unwell to do thisMaking tea for the employer's guests Personal Care: • Showering: Hoist from bed to shower chair (training offered) Assist showering in shower chair wash hair/ towelling dry/ drying hair/straighten hair.• Bed wash: full body wash, brush hair/make up • General hair/skin care: Daily moisturise/ massage feet/ legs/back and pressure areas• Toileting: Change urostomy bag (training offered) empty night bag and change -continence pads • Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings• Assist with bed to wheelchair transfers with transfer boards and slide sheet• 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• Getting in and out of the wheelchair ('transferring') • Mealtimes e.g. cutting up food • Check blood sugars (diabetic type 2)• Physiotherapy: Light arm exercises. Assist with daily lung recruitment Kit and set up cpap machine for night (simple instruction given by employer) Social: • Accompanying and assisting employer on shopping trips.• Accompany employer when accessing social and leisure activities. • Accompanying employer to doctors/hospital/podiatrist/dentist 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 park, the vet, to see family. • Driving and accompanying to social events such as:• Church (occasionally)• Accompanying on occasional trips out eg to the garden centre, beach, cinema, local village events, out shopping for christmas/birthday gifts attending social events, attending therapies and disability group • Accompanying to occasional friends and family gatherings and parties• 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. Awaiting a new custom made manual chair and power chair• Whilst on duty at the employer’s home watching TV and assisting with craft activitiesPerson specificationThe successful applicant will be: • Female * due to personal care needs • Experience in healthcare sector• Respectful of the employer’s and family’s privacy and confidentiality at all times• Attention to detail and ensure employer’s dignity at all times• Reliable with very good time-keeping and able to remain calm in emergencies• 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, Kind and possess excellent interpersonal skills and good sense of humour.• Honest, cheerful and completely trustworthy• 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• Use of Personal mobile for emergency use only.