Personal Assistant/ Carer

Ref: AH545

Location: Croydon


I am looking for personal care for a Woman

The candidate should be a woman

Drivers licence required:

Hours per week:

16.5 to 18 hours per week. Mon-Fri/Sat. Start time 12 noon earliest, 3-3.5 hours per day. Some flexibility for the right applicant. Closing date: End of 17/09/23. Interviews: To take place in the afternoon of Wednesday 20/09/23 via Microsoft Teams

Hourly pay rate:


I’m a chatty, social, independent, and generally positive person, whose glass is almost always considered to be at least half-full!  I'm a creative problem solver & at times a deep thinker!

I like to keep up with current affairs and have a passion for a fairer society, supporting diversity and inclusivity. I’m an animal lover, sharing my home with cats, dogs, a guinea pig & garden pond of fish! They are my finned & furry family.

My hobbies include gardening (when well enough and with assistance), listening to music and dancing (if well enough), watching television such as reality TV, documentaries and factual programs including true crime, forensics, cooking, art, social history and political debate.

Away from home, soon with support, once more, I plan to visit local pubs, restaurants, concerts, friends and family & with PA/carer assistance resume walking my 3 dogs in my local park.

At present it's enormously difficult for me to attend medical & other appointments in person.  With support, I aim to resume this as soon as possible.

This PA role is to assist and support me with daily life activities, domestic tasks, cooking/prepping, etc which I can't complete independently. Currently as I’m unable to get out independently, I need support for transitional access to help me participate & become present in a wider community for social and leisure activities.

It is also to help me reduce oral pain medication with alternative and non-invasive therapies to support/enable effective alternative pain management via approved devices, enhance my emotional health and promote personal well-being.

I have a modern & well-equipped home, with many useful devices to assist with my domestic chores, gardening, and cooking etc, which makes my life easier.

Prior to using any unfamiliar equipment or devices, training and support will be given to any successful PA/carer candidate to ensure safe use of these items.

An ideal Personal Assistant/Carer will have an open mind with willingness to help, a positive can-do attitude to learning, be kind & caring and most definitely possess a sense of humour.

My home is in a safe Neighbourhood Watch area, well lit, tree lined and well accessed by public transport. Free parking on the road outside my property or on my drive is available.

Please note:

- This role is to provide support as an extension of the employer in all tasks of daily living in and around the home, including the garden & outside the home in working hours.

This role is to fill the gaps in the things the employer can no longer do which will be dynamic not static and an evolving pattern over time.

Duties include:

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

  • Helping with laundry – un/loading washing machine/tumble dryer, hanging clothes to dry, folding, ironing where needed, putting away (ensuring to follow cloths labels to launder correctly)
  • Changing bed linen
  • Bed making
  • Taking out rubbish recycling and garden waste
  • Washing/drying up, un/loading dishwashing & putting away
  • Regular cleaning/clearing of kitchen appliances including filters and replenishing of consumables, updating record book
  • Occasional shopping, prescription collection, taking parcels to local post office or similar tasks
  • Regular charging of devices including bath seat, pain management devices etc.
  • Less frequently – some minor household maintenance e.g. changing light bulbs, taking down/putting up curtains for washing/drying/dry cleaning
  • Assisting to organise food stocks, rotation and replenishing
  • Assisting with batch food preparation and appropriate storage
  • Occasional light garden maintenance (if employer not able to manage this) including sweeping leaves & placing in garden waste bin. Planting/watering garden plants, fruit, vegetables, herbs, as necessary from garden hose
  • Washing and blow-drying hair
  • To be on call when employer takes bath/shower and SOS supervision and/or assistance with washing/showering/bathing if needed
  • Assistance with applying oils/cream/lotions if necessary
  • SOS Getting into/out of bed
  • Application/use of medically approved devices such as TENS, IR/Red/Blue/Green/Yellow light/ therapy, EMS, Heat/Cold therapy, Vibration Plate usage, Therapeutic Ultrasound (TRAINING WILL BE PROVIDED AS NECESSARY)
  • Accompanying and assisting employer:
  • On shopping trips when required
  • When accessing social and leisure activities
  • To doctors/hospital appointments when required
  • When clothes-buying, including help with un/dressing and lifting clothes on/off the rails.
  • Occasionally on longer journeys
  • On trips out such as to the vet, garden centre or attending therapies.
  • After discussion & agreement any other reasonable tasks requested & with adequate notice & training.
  • Assisting employer with pet care (if unable to manage this).
  • Task lists are illustrative not exhaustive depending on need.

Candidate qualities:

  • Hygienic, tidy and well organised
  • Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties
  • Patient and possess excellent interpersonal skills
  • Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard
  • Able to always work to high standards of health & safety

  • An animal lover
  • committed to your own learning & personal development
  • committed to equal opportunities without any conscious bias against any section of a diverse community
  • open minded & respectful of all persons, privacy, dignity & confidentiality
  • Female* (or anyone who identifies as she/her) due to personal care needs
  • reliable with good timekeeping
  • in possession of a sense of humour
  • willing & able to follow instructions
  • self-motivated, willing & able to work on own initiative/ be resourceful
  • honest, direct & flexible
  • sufficiently numerate to undertake the role

Additional requirements

Vulnerable to the risk of infection and disease transmission


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