Job Title: Personal Care Assistant/Carer/Support Worker
Location:         Portslade   
Hourly rate:     £9.50 weekdays/£10.50 weekends (if worked)
Reference:       GN6238     
Hours/shifts:    Cover required Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm and 6pm to 9pm – to be split between 2 or 3 PAs (some flexibility and additional hours can be discussed at interview)
Summary
• I am an independent gentleman seeking support to enable me to continue living in my own home
• I need support with personal care, preparation of meals, dispensing medication and assisting with transfers to and from my wheelchair
• I have an assistance dog who needs escorting outside a couple of times a day
• I am looking for candidates who are able to work on their own initiative when required, are reliable, cheerful and flexible with a good sense of humour
• £9.50 per hour Monday to Friday – preferably job share, with some flexibility to cover holiday/sickness on other days an advantage.  Weekend hours may be available if desired.
• This is a rewarding role with all professional training provided
Other Requirements  
• Must be comfortable with working dog and instruction will be given on how to interact with him correctly  
• UK driving licence an advantage 
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 -   
Laundry – washing, drying (both hanging on line outside and using tumble dryer), ironing, putting away
Changing bed linen
Bed making
General cleaning to ensure the home remains clean and hygienic to reduce risk of infection
Taking out rubbish
General housework, including cleaning, dusting and vacuuming.
Occasional minor household maintenance eg changing light bulbs, taking down curtains for washing
Preparing drinks, snacks and meals.
Shopping
Maintenance of small garden, perhaps half an hour a week
General Tidying
Escort the Assistance Dog outside in the morning for toileting purposes
Making tea for the employer's guests
Personal Care: 
Hoisting into shower chair, ensuring shower toiletries/towel etc are to hand and being within earshot if assistance is required
Assistance with applying cream
General hair/skin care
Disposal of catheters
Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings
Getting into bed
Assistance with getting out of bed using a hoist
Dispensing medication from blister packs into pots for customer to take (ensuring medicines are stored out of reach)
Helping with other aspects of personal care as required
Getting in and out of the wheelchair ('transferring') 
Social:   
When required accompany the employer, who drives his own wheelchair adapted vehicle and has a power chair, when accessing social and leisure activities such as the cinema, pub, restaurant
Accompanying and assisting employer on shopping trips when required
Accompanying employer to doctors/hospital appointments when required
Occasional longer journeys ie to hospital appointments
Accompanying on trips out e.g. to the vet
 
Person specification
The successful applicant will be:
Cheerful, patient and flexible with a good sense of humour
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
Honest and cheerful
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
Possession of clean, UK driving licence an advantage
As well as completion of a DBS Check, successful applicants will be required to complete mandatory training in items such as manual handling, medicines awareness, infection control, first aid, Health & Safety and Food Preparation
Whilst previous experience is desirable, the qualities of enthusiasm, commitment, a sense of fun and a person centred approach are more important in the right candidate.
Please note if you are successful in your application for this position, you will be employed directly through the individual employer and not Independent Lives.