Job Title: Personal Support Assistant
Location: Littlehampton
Hourly rate: £10
Reference: DP2433
Hours/shifts: 12 hours per week, 2 hours per day for 6 days. Job share available

I have a condition which effects my oxygenation so I can black out regularly. This has caused other issues to include Diabetes and Gastric issues. This limits my diet considerably. I used to be in the Navy and then moved on to work within the Mental Health Service. I like my garden and enjoy cooking, these would be things that I require help with. I also like music and movies. I would like a PA with a great sense of humour to join my team of other PA’s. Interviews will be held in my garden so we can social distance. Training is done by shadowing other Personal Assistants within my home to learn the role.

Other Requirements 
• 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 -
Laundry, hanging out to dry, ironing, putting away
Helping with laundry, washing and drying
Loading and unloading the washing machine
Loading and unloading tumble dryer/washing line
Changing bed linen
Bed making
General cleaning
Taking out rubbish
General housework, including cleaning, dusting and vacuuming.
Minor household maintenance eg changing light bulbs, taking down curtains for washing
Preparing drinks, snacks and meals.
Maintenance of garden (mainly support)
Making tea for the employer's guests (and of course one for yourself)
Helping with a spring clean (once of twice per year for certain tasks)

Personal Care: 
• Washing and bathing/showering – towelling dry/ drying hair
• To be on call when employer takes bath
• Assistance with applying cream
• General hair/skin care
• Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings- occasionally
• 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')

• Accompanying and assisting employer on shopping trips when required
• Accompany employer when accessing social and leisure activities, including to swimming lessons, the gym, and karate.
• Accompanying employer to doctors/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 or to see family (once lockdown has eased)
• Accompanying on trips out
• 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 wheelchair when out.
• Lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car, pushing the employer’s manual wheelchair when out.

Person specification
The successful applicant will be: 
• Respectful of the employer’s privacy and confidentiality
• Reliable with excellent 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
• 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 by the individual employer and not Independent Lives