Job Title: Personal Care Assistant
Location: Pagham           
Hourly rate:  £10.50      
Reference: TM96            
Hours/shifts:
Wednesday 9am – 4pm & 7pm – 10pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm & 7pm – 10pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm

Times can vary slightly/open to job share
Summary
• I am looking for reliable a caring Personal Care Assistant to care after my 36 year son who has Muscular Dystrophy.
• My son is totally reliant on carers and needs support with all aspects of personal care. This includes dressing, washing, cleaning teeth ect.
• Ceiling hoists are used for all transfers – full training will be provided.
• My son is a sociable individual who really enjoys the company of his carers. He has a passion for star wars, coin collecting and loves watching Sci-Fi and comedy films.
• My son is reliant on a non invasive ventilator to assist with breathing. A suction machine is also required regularly throughout the day.
• PA’s would also be required to provide nutrition and medication though a Gastrostomy tube – full training will be provided
• Full driving license needed so that the carer can take my son out in the community in his adapted vehicle. 
• This is a rewarding role with all professional training provided.
Other Requirements 
• Must be comfortable with pets (two small dogs) 
• Must have a full clean UK driving licence 
• Must be willing to drive the employers adapted 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.
Description
Typical duties
Domestic -  
There will be some occasional domestic duties which could include;    
Loading and unloading the washing machine
Loading and unloading tumble dryer/washing line
Changing bed linen
Bed making
General cleaning/dusting/vacuuming of client’s own bedroom
Taking out rubbish
Preparing gastro feeds and attaching to machine/pump
Correspondence e.g. reading letters, help writing replies, form-filling, assisting with household paperwork
Making phone calls on clients behalf when I am too unwell to do this
Making tea for the clients guests
Personal Care: 
• Washing and bathing – towelling dry/ drying hair
• Hoisting into and out of bat
• Constant supervision when in bath
• Applying creams
• General hair/skin care
• Catheter care
• Hoisting on and off toilet
• Dressing and undressing
• Hoisting into/out of bed or chair
• Giving medication through gastrostomy tube
• Giving inhalers
• Monitoring ventilator levels and adjusting/changing mask when required
• Using a cough assist machine
• Using Suctioning machine ‘as and when’ required
• Helping with other aspects of personal care as required,
 
Social:       
• Providing social interaction and companionship within the family home or out about locally in the community.
• Taking the client out in the community using his adapted vehicle
• The above duties will involve driving the employers adapted vehicle/car, fixing the electric chair into the adapted car and ensuring that the chair secure.
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.

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