Job Title: Personal Care Assistant
Location: Worthing
Hourly rate: £10.30
Reference: NDS7265
Hours/shifts: 4hrs per week, term time, (usually consisting 3 x days 7.45-9am)
8hrs per week, school holidays (days and times flexible)

We are looking for a kind and patient PA to look after our 6 year old son.
During term time, this will generally involve getting him ready for and taking him to school. Over the school holidays, the role will involve engaging him in fun activities and/or taking him on excursions in your car. On occasion, we may need support to accompany us to his hospital appointments.
Our son has complex, life-limiting cardiac and respiratory conditions and has recently been diagnosed with ADHD. Some administering of medication maybe required.
He is highly receptive to one to one support.
He is an intermittent wheelchair user.
This is a rewarding role where you can encourage and help a busy, funny, loving, outgoing and curious little boy to enjoy the world around him. Experience is desirable but not essential.

Other Requirements 
• Non-smoker for medical reasons
• Must have a UK driving licence
• Must have access to own vehicle
• Other :
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.

Typical duties

Domestic - 
Preparing drinks, snacks and simple meals.

Liaising with and communicating with school (he has 1:1) on behalf of parents.

Personal Care: 
General washing, dressing, teeth brushing, etc.
Assisting in getting him dressed and ready for school.
Assist with toileting - he is continent but sometimes needs support with wiping. He knows when he needs the toilet and can verbalise this.
Age appropriate prompting of hand washing and personal care.
Preparing and giving medication e.g. giving dispersal tablets and liquid medication, administering medication via an inhaler
Recording any medication administered as required

To plan, engage and play with him in age-appropriate activities/hobbies such as art/craft, animation, cooking, etc, as he struggles to self-occupy.
Planning and taking him on excursions to leisure facilities e.g. swimming or places of interest.
Accompanying him with parents (and siblings) on family excursions.
Accompanying us to the doctors/hospital appointments when required
To assist with his poor spatial and social awareness e.g. reminding him about road safety, personal space, appropriate volume, etc
To help him to pace himself as he finds it very difficult to self-regulate.
Taking him to school (either pushing him in his wheelchair, or driving him in your vehicle).
The above duties may involve driving our son in your car, lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car, pushing his wheelchair when out, if needed.

Other Tasks:
To monitor his general well-being.

Person specification
The successful applicant will be:
Experience in SEN and a paediatric First Aid qualification is desirable but not essential.

Friendly, patient, kind and creative.
Honest and reliable, with good time-keeping.
Bright, fun and child focussed.
Have a flexible, motivated, can-do attitude.
Good sense of humour.
Physically fit and healthy.
Have good common sense and ability to use their own initiative.
Be prepared to be outdoors! (Beach, woods, etc) in keeping with our family life.
Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard.
Hygienic, tidy minded and well organised.
Able to work at all times to high standards of Health & Safety.
Respectful of the employer’s privacy and confidentiality.
Legally permitted to work in the United Kingdom.

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