Work in social care Working as a Personal Assistant Personal Assistant/Carer/Support Worker GN6238 Job Title: Personal Care Assistant/Carer/Support WorkerLocation: 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 checkSuccessful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts. DescriptionTypical duties Domestic - Laundry – washing, drying (both hanging on line outside and using tumble dryer), ironing, putting awayChanging bed linenBed makingGeneral cleaning to ensure the home remains clean and hygienic to reduce risk of infectionTaking out rubbishGeneral housework, including cleaning, dusting and vacuuming. Occasional minor household maintenance eg changing light bulbs, taking down curtains for washingPreparing drinks, snacks and meals.ShoppingMaintenance of small garden, perhaps half an hour a weekGeneral TidyingEscort the Assistance Dog outside in the morning for toileting purposesMaking 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 requiredAssistance with applying creamGeneral hair/skin careDisposal of cathetersDressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fasteningsGetting into bedAssistance with getting out of bed using a hoistDispensing 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, restaurantAccompanying and assisting employer on shopping trips when requiredAccompanying employer to doctors/hospital appointments when requiredOccasional longer journeys ie to hospital appointmentsAccompanying on trips out e.g. to the vet Person specificationThe successful applicant will be: Cheerful, patient and flexible with a good sense of humour Respectful of the employer’s privacy and confidentialityReliable with good time-keepingAble to both follow instructions and work on own initiativeHygienic, tidy minded and well organisedFit and healthy to undertake the required dutiesHonest and cheerfulAble to speak and read English to a reasonable standardLegally permitted to work in the United KingdomAble to work at all times to high standards of Health & SafetyPossession 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.