Job Title: Personal Care Assistant
Location: Shoreham-on-Sea
Hourly rate: £12.35
Reference: GN5554
Hours/shifts: 9am to 5pm Tues/Thurs, Weds negotiable

Summary

• I am seeking a PA to join a team of carers who will cater for all of my son’s needs. His PAs need to keep him safe and happy, offering him choices in his everyday life.
• He is a young man with a cracking sense of humour and is affectionately known to his team as Mr G. He loves people being silly and singing songs (particularly funny if out of tune). He is very tactile and enjoys a foot massage. He needs lots of reassurance and a kind voice.
• He is assertive and he makes his feelings known through facial expressions and vocalising.
• He is wheelchair dependent and non-verbal. He is gastrostomy fed and needs all of his care provided by others.
• You will be working alongside another PA to provide 2:1 staffing.
• All training will be provided.

Other Requirements

• Must be comfortable with pets
• Non-smoker preferred or someone who is willing to refrain from smoking during work hours.
• 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:

Hoover vehicle and wipe down interior surfaces, take for exterior clean at car wash.
Ironing and dusting.
Keeping bedroom room clean and tidy, in particular high contact areas.
Empty red bin in bathroom and clean sink.

Personal Care:
Washing, dressing and changing pad. Hoisting. Using suction and PEP mask to aid airway control. Using feed pump and maintaining gastrostomy hygiene. Administration of medication. Supporting with oral hygiene. Completing stretches to help relax and physio. Supporting to maintain epilepsy with potential use of buccal midazolam.

Social:
Going out into the community for days out. Using his passes for National trust and Drusillas. Supporting him to attend Chailey to use Lifeskills Centre and meet his friends. Supporting him to access hydro pool.

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
• Hygienic, tidy minded and well organised
• Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties
• Patient 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.

Please note, if you are successful in your application for this position you will be employed directly by the individual employer and not Independent Lives