Job Title: Personal Assistant/Driver
Hours:16 hours per week
Pay Rate £8.45 per hour going up to £8.75 per hour in June 2018 plus 5.6 weeks AL Pro Rata
Job Reference: – 2/Ayr/SB
You will work as a personal assistant and companion to the young adult who is a friendly confident young woman. She particularly enjoys acting and Drama, listening to Music, learning guitar, jamming and the Ukulele, wheelchair tennis, as well as looking after her 2 dogs and her Chinchilla
The person’s condition can mean that activities may have to be flexible as there are days when she can suffer from substantial pain. This can make these interests more difficult for her
This post is to assist a young adult with Complex regional pain syndrome. They live with, and get support from their family. You will support the Young Adult in her home and in the community. It is important to recognise that the care and support you will assist with will be provided within the family home, therefore confidentiality and respect for the family’s privacy and daily routine is of the upmost importance.
You will be required to work on a flexible basis including evenings and weekends.
You should have a positive, open minded, flexible and friendly personality
If you are required to drive the person’s vehicle, you will need a clean driving licence.
To provide personal support and companionship. Assistance to get out when Sam feels up to it, to participate in community based activities and to enable Sam to increase her circle of friends so she is less isolated.
Duties and responsibilities
To treat the person you are employed to care for with dignity and respect at all times. To be gentle when moving, and assisting the person, this is so as not to cause unnecessary pain or discomfort.
To accompany and provide support to the person to enable them to get the most out of all social activities both inside and outside the house. Companionship will be important in this respect.
Support the person to attend any appointments such as the doctor, hairdresser, and dentist if required
When flare ups (Pain) is bad to Help and support the person to get in and out of bed to chair/ chair to bed, assistance with eating and drinking, cutting up food etc. mobility assistance with moving and positioning in chair, bed etc.support with meals including cooking light meals and snacks, and to tidy up afterwards.Assistance with eating, drinking where needed e.g. – cutting up her food when flare ups are bad
To assist the person to maintain appropriate levels of hygiene, assisting with toileting, tooth brushing and any other reasonable requirements in a friendly, supportive, light hearted and patient way.
To provide support with meals including cooking meals and snacks, and to tidy up afterwards.Assistance with eating, drinking where needed e.g. – cutting up her food hand over hand, ensuring she does not put too much in his mouth causing risk of choking
To provide full support with safeguarding and assisting with all transfers from bed to chair/ chair to bed etc.
To provide personal support and companionship to the young adult to enable them to live safely and happily and to build social networks, interests and friendships.
Always encouraging them to be as independent as possible in all daily tasks.
To ensure they are safe at all times. To actively comply and operate within the bounds of Health & Safety, including manual handling, lifting techniques and first aid. It is important that the person you are caring for feels safe, secure and protected.
When pain flare ups are bad, to provide full support with all personal care requirements for example: to provide support with washing/showering, bathing, drying, hair styling, makeup, dressing, nail care…
To ensure on both entering the home and leaving that hands are thoroughly washed and antiseptic hand gel is used if provided, to reduce the spread of germs and infection.
You are required to undertake training to do your job safely. You must attend training courses that are arranged for you.
To read the Premier Care Health and Safety staff handbook and to read appropriate Health and safety legislation that you need to know to do your job. These documents are in the Employers white folder. If you need assistance to do this please contact Ailn for advice?
To ensure that suitable action and reporting is undertaken regarding any safeguarding issues or hazards that you become aware of with regard to the person. To complete incident and accident report sheets if and incidents or accidents take place. (Forms in employers white Folder).
To attend for work at the agreed times and give appropriate notice if you cannot attend.
To assist the person with household tasks. To ensure things are left in an orderly, clean and tidy manner.
To remind and prompt the person to take medication at the correct times and to log this on medication sheets if required.
A genuinely caring, outgoing person with the ability to be friendly and supportive when necessary
A calm and patient person who will not become easily flustered or impatient
To find out about and have a good knowledge and understanding of complex regional pain syndrome and how this may affect the person.
The ability to react to the varying moods of the person in an appropriate way at all times
Able to use own initiative whilst being aware of the person’s needs.
Strong awareness of respect and dignity for the person ensuring this always occurs
Excellent communications skills with the person and their family
Previous experience in a caring role would be advantageous
Hours of work & salary
Salary is £8.45 per hour going up to £8.75 per hour in June 2018
Post subject to successful reference and PVG checks.
Two up to date Reference contactsare required one of which must be from a present or previous employer. In addition a new PVG enhanced disclosure will be required prior to appointment (disclosure cost to be met by the employer).
There is a 6 month trial period attached to this post
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org