Personal Care Assistant
Reliable, responsible, flexible and hardworking male Personal Assistants (PAs) are required to work for a physically disabled man who is a highly active and ambitious professional in his 40s.
This position is long-term and will require living in the PA User's home during shifts of between 2 and 4 consecutive 24-hour blocks starting and finishing at 20:00 hours, and working within a rota of typically 3 such shifts every fortnight that may include some weekdays and alternate weekends. On occasion you will be required to work longer shifts, for example if another PA is sick or if the PA User needs to adjust the rota for some reason; your flexibility will be expected to ensure that as a member of his small team of PAs he is fully supported at all times. Due to the significant amount of training that must first be delivered, an initial induction period will be necessary requiring that you attend for shorter training shifts starting from 6 hours per day, progressing to 24 hour shifts. The length of this induction period will be dependant upon your availability to accept all of the induction shifts offered and how quickly you absorb the training, but could be completed in 2-3 weeks. This will be discussed at interview. This is not a live-in position: You must have your own accommodation for when not on shift.
The scope of this position is varied and you will be expected to assist the PA User in all aspects of his independent living and in meeting his personal health and social care needs. Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
- Washing, showering, dressing etc
- Helping to use the toilet
- Regular turning during the night
- Extended daily programme of physiotherapy
- Use of non-invasive ventilation and nebuliser
- Very early morning starts due to 3-hour-plus morning routine
- General housework, chores and errands as directed by the client
Typically during weekdays you will be required to drive the person to work in the morning and collect him in the evening. This will leave you with time from approximately 10:00 until 15:30, and aside from up to 1 hour of chores or errands per day that you may be required to undertake you will be free to do what you like during the rest of the time provided you remain contactable in the unlikely event a need arises. You must be on-call whilst you are at work to assist the PA User as required during the day at weekends and when he is absent from work due to annual leave or sickness, or when he occasionally works from home. On rare occasions you may be required to assist the PA User during the course of his working day (for example when he is at a conference or other special event day). You will have downtime during the day and this will be discussed at the start of each day.
The PA User is a software engineer who works for a tech company. He enjoys getting out socially and going out to pop concerts (he is a fan of Ellie Goulding, Tove Lo etc), live comedy (Jimmy Carr, Romesh Ranganathan etc), football matches (supports Tottenham Hotspur and England) and to the cinema (mostly Marvel/DC, Star Wars and other sci-fi/fantasy films at the BFI IMAX) on a regular basis. He also enjoys European cruise holidays and you may be requested to support him 24/7 on such a holiday. The nature of the PA User's disability means he is a full-time personal assistance user and you will need to be on-call at all times whilst working. The PA User likes to establish good working relationships with PAs and appreciates companionship as part of the working relationship.
This role does not require any specific previous experience, only an open mind, a willingness to perform duties in the way the PA User has instructed, and a readiness to trust in his own knowledge of his needs. Previous experience in care may not necessarily be an advantage. All necessary training will be given. Due to the nature of how the client needs to be moved applicants should have no history of back problems and consider themselves to be very fit and healthy.
You need to be:
- A safe and confident driver. You must have experience of driving on UK roads (or be able to gain that experience very soon).
- Aged 25+ (for driving insurance purposes).
- Flexible, reliable and patient.
- A non-smoker.
- Physically fit (no history of back problems).
- Able to speak and comprehend English.
- Based within a 3 hour commute of his home.
SALARY: You will initially be employed by Independent Living Alternatives during the induction period and paid GBP9.00 per hour. Following successful induction you will be employed directly by the PA User and paid GBP155.00 per 24 hours.