Job Title: Personal Assistant

Location:  Stockbridge, Chichester            

Hourly rate: £9.00, increasing after successful completion of probation period

Reference:  VC6720           

Hours/shifts: FLEXIBLE SHIFTS DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS & OCCASIONALLY IN TERM TIME

Summary

I am the Mother of a 7 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy who uses a wheelchair full time.  I am looking for a kind and cheerful non-smoking PA to provide care in my home and occasionally take my daughter out socially. 

 

It is imperative that you enjoy being around, interacting with and motivating young children as much of this role includes engaging my daughter in play and fun and stimulating activities.  You should have previous experience of working with children with disabilities and a basic understanding of Epilepsy, with the confidence to be reactive and administer First Aid as required.  Full training will be provided.

 

The role also involves personal care tasks including toileting and dressing, feeding and meal preparation, assisting with transferring in and out of a wheelchair, occasionally administering medication and generally helping my daughter to do the things she cannot do independently.

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:       

Preparing drinks, snacks and meals

Washing up/loading dishwasher/drying up

Cleaning up after any toileting accidents

Tidying toys and equipment away after play/use

Keeping child’s environment tidy and free of any hazards

 

Personal Care: 

  • Assisting using the toilet and wiping
  • Assisting with washing and bathing/showering – towelling dry/ drying hair
  • Assisting with applying cream
  • General hair/skin care
  • Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings
  • Getting in and out of bed
  • Administering medication as required, i.e. Epi-pen
  • Getting in and out of wheelchair ('transferring')
  • Mealtimes e.g. cutting up food, assistance to eat

Social:  

  • Engaging child in play and fun and stimulating activities at home, such as games, arts and crafts
  • Accompanying child to access social and leisure activities as required outside of the home, such as swimming lessons
  • Pushing the child’s wheelchair when out
  • The above duties will involve driving the child in the PA’s own car where applicable to include transferring, lifting, folding wheelchair in/out of car
  • Ensuring child’s safety at all times, administering First Aid as required
  • Any other reasonable tasks as required

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