Job Title: Personal Care Assistant
Job location: Southwater, Horsham
Job/Contract Type –  Part time

• Hours/shifts: 4 - 6 pm ideally Tuesday - Friday and 4.30-6.00 Mondays.
• Hourly Rate: £10 per hour

• Must be comfortable with pets
• Must be happy to work in a smoking environment
• Must have a UK driving licence
• Must have access to own vehicle Yes
• Other : Reasonable level of fitness to undertake manual handling (hoist facilities available).
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.

• Friendly Personal Assistant required to work alongside another P.A. to support our happy 15 year old son who has cerebral palsy and severe learning difficulties.
• Our son uses a wheelchair and is non-verbal and is fully dependent on others for all aspects of his care.
• He loves doing sensory activities, going out on trips, music, singing, being read to and being encouraged to do physical movement. He has an infectious laugh and really enjoys being with people.
• We are looking for someone who is keen to use different ways to stimulate our son’s attempts to communicate including using switches, vocalisations, games etc.
• Our son likes spending time in the garden in nice weather
• Our son needs someone who enthusiastic, flexible, willing to learn.
• We have full hoist facilities at home.
• Training will be given.
• We live in Southwater, Horsham with easy off road parking.

Typical Tasks will include
Domestic - 
Laundry, hanging out to dry, ironing, putting away
Cleaning and tidying of bedroom and bathroom including cleaning, dusting and vacuuming.

Personal Care: 
Washing and showering – towelling dry/ drying hair
Hoisting between bed and shower as required
General hair/skin care
Dressing and undressing
Hoisting between wheelchair and bed
Helping with other aspects of personal care required
Physiotherapy exercises
Giving enteral feeds via gastrostomy tube after full training
Administration of medication after full training

Accompanying on trips out e.g. to parks, seaside, cinema, shops, sensory room, cycling on cycle track on adapted bicycle, farms, gardens, garden centre and other places
The above duties will involve helping to transfer our son in his wheelchair in and out of the car using a ramp and pushing my son’s wheelchair when out.

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
Well organised
Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties
Patience and possess excellent interpersonal skills
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
Previous experience preferred but this is not as essential as a kind and common sense approach to these roles.