Work in social care Working as a Personal Assistant Support Worker DP5417 Job Title: Support Worker Location: Crawley Hourly rate: £12.50 per hour Reference: DP5417 Hours/shifts: 12-hour shifts: 8.00pm to 8.00am Summary I have a few exciting job opportunities for the right people starting as soon as possible. I currently personally care for someone with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. I've cared for Neil for almost 3 years and we have developed a great friendship. We are currently looking for some new people to join us and in turn have the same great connection with Neil as we do. We are trying to take a unique approach when looking for a new PA. This is mainly due to our recent determination to improve Neil’s quality of life and mental wellbeing. Due to Neil’s physical limitations, it has been increasingly hard for him to attain any sort of social life over the years. This is why it’s very important for us to find the right people to assist him with the social aspects in his life and the things he would like to do. It’s easy for us to find good carers but it’s rare to find people that will be life-long friends to Neil. This is also why this role would perfectly suit young and active people that are equally as optimistic and ambitious. Neil strongly feels that he is at this point in life and would like to be surrounded by like-minded people willing to help him achieve his goals. We believe that there are many things that Neil can do despite his condition; your job will include planning days out and doing whatever you need to do to support Neil with this. Personal care is structured and although we want to be doing more, responsibility is also very important. Other Requirements Must have a UK driving licence 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 Personal Care Tasks: Tasks will include helping with: Getting up and going to bed Showering or washing Going to the toilet Going downstairs and upstairs Getting around at home Food and drink preparation Eating and drinking Cleaning teeth Hair care Nail care Getting dressed and undressed Shaving Cutting hair Putting on and taking off leg splints Change of used linen Medical Tasks: Tasks will include helping with: Medication Gastrostomy (PEG) care Turning the PEG Checking the PEG balloon Changing the PEG tube Administering the PEG feed and flushing the PEG tube Tracheostomy care Ambu bagging Managing emergency situations Ventilator and humidifier management Skin care Getting to and from medical appointments Chest physio and cough assist Diabetes care Nebulisation Oral suctioning Tracheal suctioning Suction unit management Managing medical supplies Monitoring saturation and heart rate Checking medical equipment Admin Tasks: Tasks will include helping with: Opening and sorting post Filling in forms Making and answering telephone calls Arranging, cancelling or rescheduling appointments Sending post Domestic Tasks: Tasks will include helping with: Household tidying and polishing Vacuuming and mopping floors Kitchen, bathroom and toilet cleaning Laundry and ironing Routine and light maintenance Cleaning and washing car Shopping Managing clinical waste bins Correspondence and making appointments Cleaning medical equipment Cleaning and tidying computer and electrical equipment Charging equipment Community Living Tasks: Tasks will include helping with: Working, learning or training for work Taking part in leisure activities Socialising with and meeting others Performing civic or civil functions Contacting and meeting with family/friends Going out and going on holiday 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.