Job Title: Personal Assistant/Carer
Location: Southampton
Hourly rate: £9.40 per hour
Reference: CW6533
Hours/shifts: Saturday and Sunday 10-2pm
Monday to Friday (during school holiday’s only) usually 8-2pm although PA may be required to be flexible to fit with client need.

Summary

A fun, cheerful, reliable and patient Personal Assistant (PA)/ Carer with a good sense of humour is required to provide care and support to a sociable and happy young man of nineteen years old who would like to build his independence and access the community safely.
Working alongside his parents, the PA will be required to plan and support him to participate in a variety of different social and leisure activities to keep him occupied and to get out and about to different places outside of the home. He enjoys music, attending Saints football matches, going to the cinema, bowling, and would enjoy baking and making lunch at home with the support of a PA.
The young man has complex health needs and requires constant supervision as he has difficulty walking due to his visual impairment and cerebral palsy. The PA will be required to push his manual wheelchair and support him to transfer when needed. He is able to communicate verbally but sometimes can be repetitive in his questioning. He does not display any challenging behaviour.
While encouraging his independence, there may be some personal care involved in this role such as prompting, supporting and encouraging the young person with washing, dressing and brushing teeth. The PA will be responsible for ensuring that the young person’s fluid intake is managed and medication is given as per his care plan. Training will be given.


The PA will need to have a full, clean driving license and will be required to drive the young person’s mobility car.

Other Requirements
• Must be comfortable with pets
• Must have a UK driving licence
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.
Baking and cooking with the young person.
Tidying up after activities.

Personal Care:
• Supervision and/or assistance with showering, drying, hair washing/ brushing as required
• Assistance with applying cream
• Monitoring use of the toilet
• Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings- as required.
• 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


Social:
• Accompany young person when accessing social and leisure activities.
• Driving and accompanying to social events such as: cinema, football matches.
• Accompanying to social meetings eg friends, family
• The above duties will involve driving the young person in his mobility car, lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car, pushing the employer’s wheelchair when out.

Person specification
The successful applicant will be:
• Person must be patient and willing to get to know the young person.
• Be willing to undertake training to understand and manage the young person’s health needs.
• Have a warm and caring attitude.
• Is friendly, fun and outgoing.
• Person will be punctual, reliable and trustworthy.
• Is well organised and is able to maintain professional standards and confidentiality.
• The person is able to use their own initiative.
• The person will respect the families’ home environment.
• Be able to work with the young person’s parents to ensure his needs are met.
• Respond sensitively to the needs of others.
• Person must be able to speak English clearly.
• The person will be able to treat people with dignity and respect and adopt a person-centered approach to their support.
• Able to demonstrate the ability to work in an empowering manner.
• The person must be entitled to work in the UK.
• The person will be required to have a full, clean driving license and will be required to drive the young person’s mobility car.
Experience of how to support people with disabilities or is willing to learn (This is desirable but not essential).