Location: Findon Valley / Hourly rate: £9.50/ Reference: DP3675

Summary

Personal Care Assistant(s)/ Carer(s)/ Support Worker(s) required to help an 18 year old young man with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in Findon Valley

We are a busy, friendly household with two younger children (aged 11 and 9) and our son is easygoing, has a good sense of humour and is very able to communicate his needs. If you like gaming (especially Fifa, Call of Duty & Elder Scrolls) you'll get on well; also music, football and being outdoors. It would also be helpful if you can think of activities. 

This role involves getting him up, dressed and ready for the day on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 08.00.  This usually takes around 90 minutes and involves hoisting and personal care. Once he is up, the carer will stay with him until 11.00 and drive him to college, approx 2 miles away. On days when he does not attend college, he may want to go shopping or attend other leisure activities.

Dan has a Motability VW Caddy which the postholder will be able to drive.  A full, clean driving licence held for at least one year is essential. 

Experience of working with young people who have physical disabilities would be an advantage but is not essential, as training can be given. There will be a probationary period of six months, after which successful candidates will be issued employment contracts and be entitled to holiday pay.

Hours/Shifts

9 hours per week; 0800-1100 Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

Other Requirements

Must have a UK driving licence- A full, clean driving licence held for at least one year is essential

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

Nature of the work:

Personal Care, social support and domestic support – driving VW Caddy is part of the role. 

Typical duties

Domestic -       

  • Helping with laundry, washing and drying 
  • Changing bed linen
  • Bed making
  • General cleaning
  • General housework, including cleaning, dusting and vacuuming
  • Preparing drinks, snacks and meals.
  • Tidying
  • Correspondence e.g. reading letters, help writing replies, form-filling, assisting with household paperwork

Personal Care:

  • Washing and bathing/showering (using shower chair)– towelling dry/ drying hair
  • Assistance with showering, drying, hair washing/ brushing as required
  • Help getting into and out of bath/shower as required
  • General hair/skin care
  • Using the toilet (urine bottle and Clos-o-mat)
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Getting into and out of bed using a ceiling track hoist and sling
  • Assistance with medication i.e. helping to take tablets from foil/packets and transjection pen (training provided)
  • 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') using hoist and sling; getting comfortable in wheelchair
  • Putting on splints
  • Mealtimes e.g. cutting up food, assistance to eat
  • Physiotherapy exercises 

Social:         

  • Driving, accompanying and assisting employer on shopping trips when required
  • Driving and accompanying employer when accessing social and leisure activities, including boccia, volunteering, gigs, cinema, seeing friends
  • Driving and accompanying employer to doctors/hospital appointments when required
  • Driving and accompanying when clothes-buying, including help with trying on and lifting clothes on/off the rails.
  • Occasional longer journeys
  • Driving to college
  • The above duties will involve driving the employer in the employer’s car, using the manual ramp and securing the power chair - training provided.

Person specification

The successful applicant will be:

  • Respectful of the employer’s privacy and confidentiality
  • Reliable with good time-keeping
  • Good at communicating and keeping in touch
  • Able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative; flexible
  • 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
  • Previous experience preferred but this is not as essential as a kind and common sense approach to these roles.