Details

I am looking for personal care  for a non-binary person

The candidate should be a woman

Drivers licence required: Yes

Own vehicle needed: Yes

Hours per week:

5- 10 hours per week

Hourly pay rate:

£12 per hour

Location:

Horsham, UK

Personal Assistant

DP5912

I have Multiple Sclerosis, Supra Ventricular Tachycardia,  Asperger’s/ Autism (including executive dysfunction, pathological demand avoidance, meltdowns and shutdowns and resistance to (and stressed out by) change), Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (I am only awake afternoons and nights unless I force myself awake for an appointment), Type II Diabetes, chemical sensitivities that trigger migraines and IBS, food intolerances that trigger IBS, Clinical Depression, Complex PTSD (cPTSD) and chronic migraine. I am also occasionally deaf and will need you to allow me to lipread.

The majority of the work will be to help me to organise myself, remind me about everyday routine tasks that you cannot do for me and to help with my correspondence.

I require someone who can prepare (and batch cook for the fridge) nutritional meals and maintain the recipe folder.

You will also need to let me know if anything is running out (food or cleaning products) so I can add it to my next Tesco delivery order.

The role will include general housework, including cleaning, dusting and vacuuming and cleaning the bathroom.

The role will include driving & accompanying me to hospital / doctor appointments as well as other trips out.

Duties include:

  • Administration
  • Housekeeping
  • Shopping
  • Cooking
  • Transportation
  • Companionship
  • Looking after pets
  • Medication prompting/administering
  • Other relevant duties as required

Additional Duties:

Reminding me and helping me with minor household maintenance eg changing light bulbs,taking down curtains for washing.
Scooping and topping up (or emptying and refilling) the cat litter tray every visit. Changing the litter tray completely once per week. Once per month (or every four weeks?) disinfect the empty litter tray and refill.
Make sure the cat water filter is full and its filters don’t need changing.
Take bin bags and recycling down to the refuse store as needed.
Take items to the post office to post them.
Keep things where I know where they are - i.e. where I have placed them. e.g. put things back where you find them when cleaning.
Help me to organise filing and drawers.
Water plants on kitchen windowsill
N.B. When I say reminding, PLEASE do not nag or joke about it. My cPTSD is easily triggered.
Reminding to:
shower.
clean teeth.
Helping with other aspects of personal care as required, for example assisting me to get
changed in the swimming pool/gym.
Physiotherapy exercises occasionally.
Helping me to “build” a week’s medication into pill organizers
Accompanying, driving and assisting/supporting me on shopping trips and to appointments.
Accompanying me when accessing social and leisure activities, such as the gym or the library.
Accompanying me & driving me to doctors/hospital appointments.
Occasional longer journeys.
Accompanying me & driving me on trips out e.g. to the Knit & Natter club at the library on Thursday afternoons at Horsham Library.
The above duties will involve driving me in your car for which mileage will be reimbursed and lifting my rollator / ‘walker’ in & out of your car.

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
  • Patient and possess excellent interpersonal skills
  • Honest and cheerful
  • Creative
  • 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

Must have access to own vehicle and business car insurance

The role requires close personal contact with an individual who is extremely vulnerable to the risk of infection and disease transmission. Preference may be given to applicants who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and Flu. Careful consideration will be given to applicants who can show the vaccination is not suitable for them on reasonable grounds.

If you can show that the vaccination is not suitable for you then you must be willing to wear full PPE and take a lateral flow test before entering my home

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

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