Job Title:  Personal Support Assistant
Location:   Crawley         
Hourly rate:     £8.21 per hour   
Reference: DP6996            
Hours/shifts: 4 hours per day Monday-Friday. Usually 2 hours around lunch and 2 in the evening. 2 hours per day Saturday and Sunday. Extra hours available for appointments etc so an element of flexibility is required.
I am a lady with Multiple Sclerosis and Lupus. I require support with my personal care and also someone to help me access the community for social and leisure activities. I enjoy just having a cuppa and a chat so need someone who is easy to talk to and willing to engage in conversation but I may need encouragement to do this. Due to my MS and Lupus I struggle with loud noises so I need someone who can speak to me fairly quietly. Sometimes I may find my days difficult due to pain so I may need you to take the initiative to continue with your working day.

Other Requirements 
• "Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9."  
• Must be comfortable with pets (visiting dog)
• Must be happy to work in a smoking environment (I smoke outside the property) 
• UK driving licence is preferable
• Access to own vehicle is preferable 
• 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, 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 small garden- very rarely
Correspondence e.g. reading letters, help writing replies, assisting with household paperwork
Making tea for the employer's guests
Personal Care:  
• Supervision and/or assistance with showering, drying, hair washing/ brushing as required
• Will need to be present when I take a shower
• Transferring from my chair to shower chair
• Assistance with applying cream
• General hair/skin care
• Catheter support
• Support with Stoma bag once PA is used to the role- training will be given
• Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings
• Getting into bed
• Assistance with getting out of bed using a hoist after training
• Help with dispensing tablets 
• Assistance with 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, assistance to eat
• Physiotherapy exercises
• I may need you to do my shopping for me but encouragement to join you would be great.
• Accompany employer when accessing social and leisure activities.
• 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- possibly
• Accompanying on trips out e.g. to the library and to see family.
• Evening meetings when required
• The above duties may involve driving the employer in the PA’s car, lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car, pushing the employer’s wheelchair when out. 
• Whilst on duty at the employer’s home watching TV and just having a chat
• Lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car, pushing the employer’s manual wheelchair when out. 
Person specification
The successful applicant will be:    
• Female due to personal care needs 
• Able to tolerate the employer smoking outside the workplace
• 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 by the individual employer and not Independent Lives