Work in social care Working as a Personal Assistant Personal Assistant/ Support Worker SG1522 Job Title: Personal Assistant/Support workerLocation: Andover Hourly rate: £10.10Reference: SG1522 Hours/shifts: Holiday and sick cover, up to 23 hours a week Summary• Day-to-day assistance required for 84 year old gent in Andover. • Position is to cover holiday and sick absence of existing carer. • Activities include light cleaning, preparation of meals, occasional trips to supermarket and some personal care. • Customer has learning difficulties but is in good spirits and enjoys company and conversation. Other Requirements (please edit as appropriate)• Must be happy to work in a smoking environment 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 machineLoading and unloading tumble dryer/washing lineChanging 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.ShoppingTidyingCorrespondence e.g. reading letters, help writing replies, form-filling, assisting with household paperworkMaking phone calls on my behalf when I am too unwell to do this 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• Using the toilet • Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings• Getting into bed• 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• Physiotherapy exercises Social: • Accompanying and assisting employer on shopping trips when required• 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. • 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 specificationThe successful applicant will be: • 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 & SafetyPrevious experience preferred but this is not as essential as a kind and common sense approach to these roles.