Work in social care Working as a Personal Assistant Personal Support Assistant/ Care Support Worker CW1357 Job Title: Personal Support Assistant/ Care Support Worker Location: Lyndhurst Hourly rate: £11 p/hr (for standard shifts – more for nights/ last minute shifts) + travel expenses. Reference: CW1357 Hours/shifts: 20-25 hours per week – outside of school hours, consisting of morning, afternoon, weekend and nights. Flexibility is required. Summary: We require the services of a cheerful, reliable and energetic personal assistant to provide care, constant supervision and stimulation for our young son who has complex health needs. He is fed via PEG and requires ventilation overnight through his tracheostomy so some experience of this is desirable, but training can be given for the right candidate. There is a high level of personal care tasks involved in this role. Our son is a happy four-year-old boy who enjoys interaction and participating in sensory play. We required a PA who will be able to work alongside us to plan fun and stimulating activities that will engage and be enjoyable for him. He is learning to communicate through sign language so a basic knowledge or willingness to learn this is required. Other Requirements Must have a UK driving licence Must have access to own vehicle 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 Tasks: Keeping our sons room tidy, making bed. Cleaning and maintaining toys and equipment including medical equipment. Tiding up after play and sensory activities. Personal Care Tasks: Ensuring comfort and good hygiene by changing nappy and cleaning. Dressing and undressing. Bathing and ensuring appearance is clean and smart. Brushing teeth. PEG feeding. Administration of oxygen when required. Taking care of tracheostomy hygiene including cleaning, changing tapes and ensuring a clear airway at all times. Social and Community Living Tasks: Maintaining a safe home environment by observing and removing hazards. Constant supervision within the home environment and while in the community. Engaging our son in play and simulating and educational activities. Recognise and supporting his emotional needs and non-verbal communication, offering comfort and reassurance when required. Person specification The successful applicant will be: Be willing to undertake training to understand and manage our son’s needs. Be able to work alongside and with the guidance of us, the employer/ parents. Be friendly and cheerful and energetic. Be punctual, reliable and trustworthy. Be able to meet the physical demands of the role, such a pushing a wheelchair and lifting and carrying our son when required. Have previous experience in PEG feeding and administering oxygen via a tracheostomy. This is desirable but not essential as training will be given. Well organised and is able to maintain professional standards and confidentiality. Have a knowledge of basic sign language is desirable. Able to use their own initiative. Respectful our families’ home environment. Able to respond sensitively to the needs of others. The person will be able to treat people with dignity and respect and adopt a person-centred approach to their support. Able to demonstrate the ability to work in an empowering manner. The person must be entitled to work in the UK. It is essential for the person to have a driving license and use of a car. Previous experience preferred but this is not as essential as a kind and common sense approach to these roles.