Personal Assistant/ Support Worker

Ref: LR7539

Location: Crawley

Details

I am looking for personal care for a Child

Drivers licence required: Yes

Own vehicle needed: Yes

Hours per week:

20 hours per month plus an additional 4 hours per week during school holidays (Actual days & shift times to be arranged by mutual agreement)

Hourly pay rate:

£12 per hour

We are parents to my lovely nearly 8 year old son who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Our son is a happy, active and clever boy who enjoys a wide range of activities. He uses a manual wheelchair as he can fatigue easily. He has great communication skills.

We are looking for one or two experienced PAs to assist my son during activities he enjoys such as swimming, cycling, bowling and building Lego sets. Duties will include some personal care and manual wheelchair handling and any other reasonable tasks to assist my son and us as a family.

Duties include:

  • Transportation
  • Companionship
  • Dressing / undressing
  • Moving and handling
  • Other relevant duties as required
  • Eating and drinking assistance

Ensure my son and his environment are safe, clean and hygienic.
Assist my son to get dressed for relevant activities eg: when going swimming.
He must be supervised at all mealtimes and carry out any other reasonable care tasks
Accompanying my son on trips out (swimming, bowling, parks, cycling) keeping his safe.
The above duties will involve driving our son in the PA's car, lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car, pushing my son's wheelchair when out.
On days our son is too fatigued to go out then keeping him safe and engaging in calm activities at home.

Candidate qualities:

  • 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
  • Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard
  • Able to always work to high standards of health & safety

  • Respectful to the employers privacy and ensuring all information is kept confidential
  • Experienced in working with children in a similar capacity
  • Honest and reliable with excellent timekeeping
  • Full clean UK driving license (no previous prosecutions or impending) with business Insurance for your vehicle.

Additional requirements

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

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