Casual Personal Support Assistant in the Cumnock area. Knowledge of horses essential. Driving license essential. To cover holiday and sick leave. May require to work occasional overnights. Immediate start available
Applicants must have a current driving license as they will be driving a manual wheelchair adapted vehicle. Successful applicants will have to undergo a new or update for the PVG disclosure scheme, at the employers cost, as well as supply 2 up to date reference contacts, one should be from a current or previous employer.
There is a six month probationary period attached to the post, with a 1 weeks’ notice if the post is not working out
Overview of Duties:
The employer owns a horse which she rides with help from her support workers. It is her main leisure activity and, as she is wheelchair bound, she requires a lot of support to enable her to continue this activity safely. She requires staff to have a lot of equine experience including stable management and riding.
She also has a therapy dog. It will be part of the employee’s role to help the employer with the dog, this will include walking, feeding and caring for the dog.
This post has been identified to enable her to either:
Work with her horse at the livery yard, including driving her there and back in her own wheelchair adapted car or support her in her own home if she is unable to go out.
Duties include helping a wheelchair bound lady with personal care, daily household tasks, occasional overnight support and social activities.
No previous experience in care necessary as full training given. Her main social activity is working with horses currently on diy livery. Knowledge of yard work, working with young horses and riding essential.
There is no expectation of prospective employees having formal qualifications in either Horsemanship or Care work for this position. However experience of working with horses is essential, experience of working in care is desirable
It would be highly beneficial for prospective employees to have:
Have experience of caring for someone who is unable to live independently.
Experience using a tracking hoist, although specific employer related training will be given
Experience of working with both manual and electric wheelchairs
Experience of driving a wheelchair adapted vehicle including securing wheelchair safely
Basic first aid and food hygiene
Knowledge of livery yard duties
The employee must:
Have a clean, current driving license.
Be a competent driver
Have experience of horse management and be confident and competent around horses
Be a competent rider
The post is:
Casual holiday and sick leave cover
Hourly rate of pay £9.30
Days and hrs: Flexible. Further requirements to be discussed at interview
The assistance you provide to the employer will vary but will largely involve:
Providing support to pursue her desire to ride and care for her horse independently.
Providing support within her own home when she is unable to visit the Livery Yard
Assisting to stay safe and well. This will involve helping her to monitor her mental and physical health and encourage her to take appropriate action to safeguard and maintain her health
Assisting with the choices she makes in her daily life, using a balanced approach which emphasizes advice and encouragement rather than making decisions for her.
Assisting her to use the Livery Yard resources and to get involved and become a part of the Livery Yard and Horse Riding community. This will involve assisting her to develop and maintain relationships by providing encouragement, guidance and support where needed.
Work with her to assist her with developing existing skills and to learn new skills
Assisting with domestic tasks such as shopping, cooking, and cleaning when she is unable to visit the Livery Yard.
Assisting her to care for her therapy dog
Treat her at all times, as an adult and unique individual, recognising her rights to choose, dignity, individuality, love, friendship and respect
To, at all times, talk respectfully to and about her, recognising that she has individual rights and she is your employer
Assist her to plan for the future and to solve problems that are worrying her
Be able to demonstrate competencies and attributes in the following areas:-
Horsemanship Care and Husbandry
All staff working with the horses MUST wear protective gear – which includes a hat and body protector, which must conform to British standards
Reliable and trustworthy
Adopts a common sense approach to their work
Able to remain calm in stressful situations
Flexible in terms of approach and availability for work
Able to think and work in a reflective way
A team player who can work well as part of a team
Positive outlook and open to new ideas and change
Able to demonstrate respect and commitment for the employer and others including her horse.
Able to negotiate, listen and communicate well
Able to listen and not be quick to judge others
Comfortable with taking direction but can also work on their own initiative
Is respectful and can maintain confidentiality
Motivated to learn and develop new skills
Successful applicants will have to supply 2 up to date ref contacts as well as undergo a new or update of the PVG scheme ( at the employers cost )
To apply please email your up to date CV to email@example.com
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