Bank Female Personal Assistant

Ref: DP5054

Location: Horsham

Details

I am looking for personal care for a Woman

The candidate should be a woman

Drivers licence required: Yes

Hours per week:

Bank Staff to cover the following holidays during holiday & Sickness. Monday 7.30-12.30am, Thursday 4pm-10.30pm. Fri 5-10.30pm and Sat 4pm-10.30pm-every other week.

Hourly pay rate:

£12.50

My sister is aged 33 with a highly active life. She has severe epilepsy, but this does not stop her from doing all the things she loves in life. My sisters' passions are horse riding, cooking, gym, drawing, painting, food, music, dancing, films, being with her cats. She has now moved into her own flat with 24/7 assistance, currently with the support of 8 PAs.

You will be supporting my sister with meals, supporting with personal care. Mainly supporting her to be as independent as possible while keeping her safe through observing her seizures.

You will be supporting to administer medication.

You will also support my sister to do her housework

Training will be given.

Duties include:

  • Housekeeping
  • Administration
  • Looking after pets
  • Transportation
  • Dressing / undressing
  • Other relevant duties as required
  • Companionship
  • Gardening
  • Medication prompting/administering
  • Cooking
  • Shopping
  • Bathroom assistance

Laundry
Bed making
Taking out rubbish
Minor household maintenance eg changing light bulbs, taking down curtains for washing
Assist with grooming cats (training provided) - employer would help
Correspondence e.g. reading letters, help writing replies, form-filling, assisting with household paperwork
Making phone calls on my behalf when I am too unwell to do this
Making tea for the employer's guests
My sister does not need help when using the toilet but will need staff to make sure she is sitting down first before leaving her, then to stand outside the door and to listen out for her as she can sometimes have a seizure on the toilet.

When in the shower she is always sat in her shower chair. She will need her personal assistant to wash her hair, but the rest she can do by herself. She may just need a little prompting. She will need help putting on her bra as she finds this difficult especially in the mornings when she has increased seizures.
She needs to be encouraged to brush her teeth at the back as she tends to just do the front.
Safety is paramount as she can have drop seizures, you will always need to be nearby in case she is about to fall.
The emergency medication is rectal diazepam, so staff will need to be trained and feel comfortable and confident administering this. Rectal diazepam is the only emergency medication that works for my sister.

My sister likes to be out in the community as much as possible.
She enjoys pottery and art classes
She also attends a social club
She also enjoys going for a walk around the village, as she knows a lot of people and really enjoys being sociable.

Candidate qualities:

  • Respectful of the employer's privacy and confidentiality
  • Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard
  • Must be comfortable with pets
  • Able to always work to high standards of health & safety

  • The successful applicant will preferably have experience of working with someone with epilepsy, but if we feel that your personality shines through and you are willing to learn then we would consider someone without.
  • The successful applicant will be passionate about being a personal assistant. Be friendly, bubbly and down to earth and enjoy the job. To have a giggle with my sister and to make sure she is kept safe at all times and to help her to lead a fulfilling life.
  • Be able to treat all aspects of your role with confidentiality

Additional requirements

Non-smoker preferred or someone willing to refrain from smoking during working hours, Vulnerable to the risk of infection and disease transmission

Notes:

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK and be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check if required.

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. Successful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts.

*Exemption for gender is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9