Personal Assistants/Support workers

Ref: NDS8024

Location: Worthing

Details

I am looking for personal care for a Woman

Drivers licence required: Yes

Own vehicle needed: Yes

Hours per week:

1 evening/Saturday day per month, up to 6 hours. 1 day per week during college holiday periods, 9am-4.30pm Holiday and sickness cover

Hourly pay rate:

£12 per hour + mileage expenses @45p per mile

Are you a creative person with full of energy?

Would you like a role that makes you smile every day?

Would you like to be part of a small team of PAs?

Then this might be the role of you. Lottie, our daughter, is 20 and loves to live her life to the fullest. Having Downs Syndrome does not change the emotional ups and downs she experiences as typical teen heading into adulthood. But after her morning coffee she is ready to go!

Lottie is super bubbly, easy going and so much fun to be around. She loves sailing, going to the theatre and cinema, swimming and going out to lunch with her mates. If you like having your make up done, she would jump at the chance to make you over (She is a bit of an expert at this- I promise!).

At 4ft 7, Lottie’s height can be restricting and seeing things from her point of view will help her overcome the barriers she faces.

Lottie is looking for PAs who can connect with her at her 20-year-old level and support her to make decisions in her everyday life.  There will be chilled days, making lunch together, watching a film and being creative and busy days, getting out and experiencing what the world has to offer.  Along the way there will be lots of laughter!

If you can drive and have a car this would be useful, but it’s not essential as getting out on public transport can be part of the adventure.

Duties include:

  • Personal grooming
  • Eating and drinking assistance
  • Other relevant duties as required
  • Transportation
  • Companionship
  • Dressing / undressing

Personal Care: 

  • Minimal support to carry out some personal care tasks –e.g. turning the button on shower as she cannot reach.
  • Occasional support with toileting
  • Helping with other aspects of personal care as required, for example assisting Lottie to get changed at swimming pool/dry hair as she cannot reach.

Social: 

  • Going on social and leisure activities e.g. cinema, swimming, dance classes
  • Accompanying and assisting Lottie on shopping trips and helping her make informed decisions about what to buy.
  • Supporting activities throughout to ensure she is safe.
  • On days at home, supporting with everyday activities e.g. making lunch, watching films, being creative
  • Expanding Lottie’s horizons by encouraging her to try new activities/experiences/ creative ways to spend the day
  • Actively look for other meaningful activities that Lottie might enjoy or link to her interests.
  • Incorporating exercise/activeness into everyday activities e.g walks, walking to an activity rather than driving.
  • Keeping Lottie safe when out and about e.g. road safety, public transport.
  • The above duties will involve driving Lottie in your car and/or accessing public transport.

Wellbeing tasks:

  • Develop a trusting relationship with Lottie through social interaction and getting to know what makes Lottie tick.

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

Additional requirements

Non-smoker due to medical reasons

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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