Work in social care Working as a Personal Assistant Personal Care Assistant/ Support Worker DP2127 Job Title: Personal Care Assistant/ Support WorkerLocation: Rustington West Sussex Hourly rate: £10.00 Reference: DP2127 Hours/shifts: 3pm – 8pm Mondays and 8am – 3pm Thursday /Plus Bank hours Summary I am a 29 year old lady who needs a PA to work as part of a team of carers who provide a 24 hour care regime for me. Hours may vary and could include overnight and weekends and holiday cover for primary carer. (mother)I need someone to assist me with personal care and help me to learn and practise independent living skills. Also to supervise me within and outside of the home. I also require guidance and supervision as I am not always aware of my personal safety. I have two cats so must like cats and help me look after them from time to time. I have epilepsy – training will be given on how to manage epileptic seizures. I require a driver with their own car as I need support with accessing the community. Other Requirements • "Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9."• Must have access to own vehicle• Must like cats • Must have a UK driving license All applicants must be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service checkSuccessful applicant will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts. DescriptionTypical duties Domestic –Helping with laundry loading and unloading the washing machine/drier hanging out to dry, and ironing putting away Changing bed linenBed makingGeneral cleaningTaking out rubbishGeneral housework, including cleaning, dusting and vacuuming. Minor household maintenance e.g. changing light bulbs, taking down curtains for washingPreparing drinks, snacks and meals.ShoppingTidyingMaking phone calls on my behalf e.g. appointments Personal Care: • Supervision and/or assistance with showering, drying, hair washing/ brushing as required• Help getting into and out of shower as required• Assist when employer takes shower• Assistance with applying cream• General hair/skin care• Using the toilet • Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings • Supervision or Assistance with getting in/ out of bed• Help with dispensing medication i.e. helping to take tablets from foil/packets• 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') • Mealtimes e.g. cutting up food, Making sure all food and drink is at the correct temperature to consume • Physiotherapy exercises Social: • Accompanying and assisting employer on shopping trips when required• Accompany employer when accessing social and leisure activities, including swimming and the gym, • Accompanying employer to doctors/ dentist/ eye/hospital appointments when required• Accompanying when clothes-buying, including help with un/dressing and lifting clothes on/off the rails.• Occasional longer journeys• Accompanying on trips out e.g. to the library, the vet, to see family and friends. • Driving and accompanying to social events such as: cinema concerts• Accompanying on trips out e.g. to the beach or in the woods or, visiting friends.• to the garden centre, craft fairs, local visits, out shopping for fun, attending social events, attending therapies and disability group • The above duties will involve driving the employer in the PA’s car, lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car, pushing the employer’s ,manual wheelchair when out. Alternatively,• Whilst on duty at the employer’s home watching TV and assisting with craft activities Person specificationThe successful applicant will be: • Female due to personal care needs • 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• Possess patience and excellent interpersonal skills• Happy 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 & SafetyPrevious 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 role you will be employed directly through the individual and not Independent Lives.