Job Title: Support Worker

Location: Findon Valley           

Hourly rate: £9.50 for mornings, £13.00 for night time       

Reference: DP3675b             

Hours/shifts: We are recruiting for both morning and evening shifts, paid at different rates – we are happy to take on more than one person, and for people to mix and match between mornings and evenings.

Mornings: Saturdays 8.30 to 10.30; plus TWO of the following: Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays 8.30 to 11.30 – 3 shifts totalling 8 hours

Evenings: Monday to Friday 21.30 to 22.30 – 5 shifts totalling 5 hours

 

Summary

 

  • Personal Care Assistant(s) / Carer(s) required for an 18 year old man with Duchenne muscular in Findon Valley
  • We are looking for one or more carers to make up our team. We can be a bit flexible about which mornings we can offer, as the other morning carer is able to move a couple of their days around if needed. We are happy to consider more than one person for these shifts, so please get in touch if you can do any of them. There will also be opportunities to fill in for other carers when they are on holiday if you want to.
  • The morning shift involves helping him to get up, dressed and ready for the day. He needs some light physiotherapy, hoisting, help going to the loo using a shower chair and Clos-o-mat toilet, washing, dressing, giving medication (all by mouth), cough assist (with a machine) and breakfast prepared for him. Ideally, we would like someone to drop him off for volunteering in Worthing on Tuesdays and Thursdays, using his Motability van. We can give training in handling, physiotherapy, medication and use of the cough assist, and he is able to remind his carers if they forget anything!
  • The evening shift involves helping him go to bed 5 nights a week. This usually takes around 60 minutes and includes hoisting using a ceiling track, changing into night clothes, helping him go to the loo as above, settling him into bed, giving him his medication and fitting his non-invasive ventilation mask. Hours are 21.30 to 22.30, Monday to Friday.
  • We are a friendly household and our son is easygoing, has a good sense of humour and is very able to communicate his needs. 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.

Other Requirements

  • 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.

Domestic -

Occasionally helping him to sort through his room, do paperwork etc

Personal Care:  

He usually showers on Wednesday and Sunday mornings:

Washing and showering (using shower chair)– towelling dry/ drying hair

Assistance with showering, drying, hair washing/ brushing as required

Help getting into and out of 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 (training provided)

Assistance with medication i.e. helping to take tablets from foil/packets or dissolved in water (training provided)

Fitting non-invasive ventilation (BiPAP)

Using cough assist machine

Social:            

Morning carer: he may want to be dropped off at a friend’s house, or to go shopping etc.

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
  • 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.