Personal Assistant/ Carers required for Job Share

Ref: NDS188

Location: London


I am looking for personal care for a Woman

Drivers licence required: No

Hours per week:

Minimum hours 15 ¾ hours per week between 2 PAs. 1 hour morning, 45 minutes Lunch and 30 minutes early evening x 7 days per week.

Hourly pay rate:

Day time rate: £10.90, Evening rate: £11.50

I am a 46-year-old queer cis woman looking for 2 reliable kind and patient PAs with a great sense of humour to support me with my daily routines.

I am friendly, intelligent, fun, a published writer and fascinated by the world and people.  I have varied interests including:  nature, storytelling, performance, politics, comedy and history.

A clean and tidy home is important to me, so I will need support with domestic tasks as well as personal care and preparing meals. Some of your role will involve getting me out and about so i will need a driver with their own car. I may also require support and accompaniment to medical or other appointments.

I have severe ME (also known as CFS - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). My fluctuating symptoms affect every single area of my life, including my mobility, cognition, speech, decision-making and muscle strength. On good days, I am usually very sociable and love to chat and laugh about all kinds of subjects. On my bad days I find it difficult to speak, to move and to think. Someone practical with good intuition, sensitivity and an ability to take the initiative is very important; getting on with the role when I am not able to give instructions.

I am also hard of hearing and wear hearing aids in both ears. I use mobility aids including a manual wheelchair when required.

Duties include:

  • Medication prompting/administering
  • Eating and drinking assistance
  • Moving and handling
  • Other relevant duties as required
  • Administration
  • Housekeeping
  • Cooking
  • Transportation
  • Dressing / undressing
  • Bathroom assistance

  • Laundry, hanging washing out to dry, ironing, putting away
  • Loading and unloading the washing machine
  • Changing bed linen, making bed
  • Taking out rubbish
  • Minor household maintenance e.g. changing light bulbs, taking down curtains for washing
  • Supervision and/or assistance with showering, drying, hair washing/ brushing as required
  • Help getting into and out of bath
  • To be on call when I take a bath
  • Assistance with applying cream
  • General hair/skin care if I am not well
  • Occasional support to use commode, emptying and cleaning commode
  • Getting in and out of the wheelchair ('transferring') if I am feeling very weak (outside only)
  • Mealtimes e.g. ensuring everything is in front of me to eat and drink. Support me to sit up ready to eat if I am feeling unwell.
  • Accompanying 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. cultural activities, nature activities, cinema, attending social events and activities.
  • Accompanying to social meetings eg friends, family
  • The above duties will involve driving me in your car if applicable, lifting the folding manual wheelchair in/out of car, pushing my wheelchair when out.  Alternatively, I would use my walking stick.

Candidate qualities:

  • Respectful of the employer's privacy and confidentiality
  • Reliable with good timekeeping
  • Able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative
  • Hygienic, tidy and well organised
  • Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties
  • Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard
  • Able to always work to high standards of health & safety

  • Honest, cheerful with a good sense of humour
  • Queer friendly
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • PPE will be required during hours of work and regular LFT testing.
  • Someone who can drive is preferred but this is not essential
  • Must have a UK driving licence and own car (if able to drive)

Additional requirements

Non-smoker preferred or someone willing to refrain from smoking during working hours


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