I am looking for personal care  for a man

Drivers licence required: No

Hours per week:

Adhoc - usual shifts are 3.5 hours either 10am -1.30pm or 4pm-7.30pm

Hourly pay rate:

Starting rate of £12.50 per hour, negotiable depending on experience – Self-employed


South Croydon, UK

Self-employed Personal Assistant for care – Holiday/sickness cover


We are a close family and our dad is highly thought of and loved within our family. He has a good sense of humour and is a gentle man. We are looking for a holiday/sickness cover Personal Assistant for care for up to 7 hours per week and possibly more during busy sickness/holiday periods.

This role is to support my elderly father in his own home, covering absences such as sickness and holiday as well as other possible shifts that our usual PAs can’t do. He is immobile so requires someone to assist with general household tasks, personal hygiene and social and wellbeing needs.

The shifts would be up to 3.5 hours either 10am -1.30pm or 4pm-7.30pm and may include weekends. You will be part of a team of private care providers and 2 agencies currently providing care.

The candidate MUST have knowledge and be trained in hoist techniques and have previous care experience.

Good communication skills and a friendly approach are key.

The care costs are funded by Croydon Council so in line with their policies the successful candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be self-employed and be able to provide a unique tax reference (UTR) as provided by the HMRC.
  • Provide proof of an enhanced DBS or willing to complete one (cost covered)
  • References including those from the last employer/client
  • Provide proof of Public Liability Insurance for care work

Rates of pay to be agreed and payment will be made through the Virtual Wallet pay system once invoices received.

Duties include:

  • Housekeeping
  • Cooking
  • Transportation
  • Companionship
  • Gardening
  • Dressing / undressing
  • Medication prompting/administering
  • Personal grooming
  • Eating and drinking assistance
  • Moving and handling
  • Other relevant duties as required

Additional Duties:

Domestic -
• Helping with laundry, washing, drying, hanging, folding, Ironing putting away
• Changing bed linen/towels
• Bed making
• General cleaning, tidying and housework, including kitchen and bathroom, cleaning, dusting and vacuuming etc.
• Taking out rubbish and recycling
• Preparing drinks, snacks and meals.
• Assisting with exercises on a daily basis to maintain flexibility
• Maintenance of small garden, perhaps half an hour a week
• Making tea for guests
• Some outings including occasional appointments via transport or locally via wheelchair

Personal Care -
• Supervise and assist with bed wash and possible shower – towelling dry/ drying hair
• Assistance with applying cream
• General hair/skin care
• Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings
• Assistance with getting out of bed using a hoist
• Full Assistance with medication i.e. helping to take tablets from foil/packets
• Mealtimes e.g. cutting up food, assistance to eat, regular drinks
• Physiotherapy exercises
• Observe and report skincare issues

Social -
• To talk with my dad
• Assist him choose TV programs/radio stations he likes
• Show him pictures of family/friend/familiar places
• Allow him to talk about his past and fond memories.
• Be respectful of his personal space and needs for quiet time.

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


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. Careful consideration will be given to applicants who can show the vaccination is not suitable for them on reasonable grounds.

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

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