Personal Assistant to join existing team

Ref: DP5081

Location: Horsham


I am looking for personal care for a Man

Drivers licence required: Yes

Hours per week:

6 overnight shift per week, Saturday daytime shifts, plus additional hours to cover existing 5 PAs holiday throughout the year.

Hourly pay rate:

£13.30 day times, £15 waking night shift

I am a 25-year-old, fun loving man, I am wheelchair dependent and need help in all areas of life including domestic, personal care and access to social activities. I may also require support and accompaniment to medical or other appointments.

I have a wicked sense of humour and enjoy and going to the cinema, playing my consoles and I am also Lego mad!

I have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and do not have any movement in my arms and legs. I have my bipap to help me with my breathing at night and sometimes in the day. I suffer from anxiety and depression, and I find change difficult so it will be important for me to get to know and build trust with you. PAs that are reliable, consistent, and fun-loving would suit this role.

This is a rewarding role as you will be joining a wonderful team of existing PAs and professional training will be provided.

Duties include:

  • Medication prompting/administering
  • Personal grooming
  • Moving and handling
  • Other relevant duties as required
  • Housekeeping
  • Companionship
  • Dressing / undressing
  • Bathroom assistance


  • Supporting to set up bathroom for shower and personal care tasks
  • Clean, empty and supply urine bottle when required.
  • General cleaning and tidying after personal care or other domestic tasks. E.g. wiping down surfaces, mopping floors etc.
  • Preparing drinks, meals and snacks
  • Check Bipap equipment is ready for use and notify senior maintenance is required

Personal Care: 

  • Washing and bathing/showering – towelling dry/ drying hair
  • Supervision and/or assistance with showering, drying, hair washing/ brushing as required
  • Regularly reposition me when I am in my chair or bed at night.
  • Assistance with applying cream
  • General hair/skincare
  • Using the toilet
  • Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings
  • Using hoist (ceiling and manual) to transfer to and from bed, toilet, wheelchair etc, when required.
  • Help with dispensing tablets
  • Dispensing and administering medication e.g. in liquid form/ tablets
  • Assist to put mask for Bipap on and ensure bipap is switched on.
  • Mealtimes e.g. cutting up food, getting mechanical arm ready for use, assistance to feed, provide straw for drinks and support with drinking.
  • Completing MARS sheets and care logs as outlined e.g. including logging changes to skin condition


  • Accompany employer when accessing social and leisure activities,
  • Accompanying employer to doctors/hospital appointments when required
  • Whilst on duty at the employer’s home watching TV and assisting with activities of my choosing.

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

  • Previous experience preferred

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