Job Title: Support Care Assistant
Location: Croydon, Thornton Heath
Hourly rate: £16
Reference: CC164
Hours/shifts: 2 PA’s needed for 20 hours per week. 5 days 4 hours shifts, ideally 11am till 3pm. Can be flexible on days and times, to be discussed at interview.

My Adult son, loves his own space and being on his own, he would prefer to stay in his room all day, he needs some help and encouragement to break this habit.
Once out, my son likes to burn off energy in the park and he also enjoys travelling by car. He loves all types of music, listening to it on his tablet and smart TV via YouTube.
My sons’ needs means he requires support in many aspects of his daily life to help keep him comfortable, safe and to encourage him to be independence. This includes going to the supermarket and doing some light shopping.
The successful applicant will have knowledge and understanding of Autism and they will be aware that no one day is the same. On days when my son won’t come out of his room, you will need to be proactive and make plans of activities for future outings.

A drivers license is essential and preferably a driver with their own vehicle to go out and about. When out of the home PA support is needed on a 2:1 basis.

Other Requirements
• Non-smoker preferred or someone who is willing to refrain from smoking during work hours.
• Must have a UK driving licence (at least 1 of the 2 employees).
• Must have access to own vehicle (at least 1 of the 2 employees).
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
Assist and encourage to:
- Make his bed
- Put his dirty clothes in the washing basket
- Tidy his room
- Vacuum his room
- Prepare drinks, snacks and meals

Personal Care
Assist and encourage to:
- Wash and dry himself
- Choose his clothes
- Get dressed, helping with buttons and fastenings
- Occasionally and only if needed - to use the toilet and ensure he is clean
- Brush his teeth
- Mealtimes e.g. ensuring food isn’t too hot

Assist to:
- Access the community and activities e.g. park, some ball games etc.
- Occasional longer journeys e.g. the beach
- Ensure he is safe at all times when out and near roads
- On bad weather days, inside activities e.g. drawing, painting, writing, cooking (all that is age appropriate but within his capability).
- Encourage independence by going to the supermarket and choosing some essential items to buy.

Person specification
The successful applicant will be:
Trained or experienced in working with Autistic adults
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
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

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