Job Ref: AA/MA | Permanent | Crondall GU10 | Pay Rate: £9 per hour | Closing date: 30th Sept. 2021

Personal Care Assistant / Care Support Assistant.

Hours Required: 12:00-16:00pm on Saturdays, though could be flexible.
Hourly Rate: £9.00 per hour
Location: GU10

Job Overview:
I would like to employ a friendly, fun and outgoing PA who enjoys working with children to support my son to participate in activities he like within the home and while being out in the community.
My son has limited mobility and needs to be supported with safe transfers to and from his wheelchair using a hoist. Hoist and manual handling training will be given if required.
My son requires all of his personal needs to be met which includes support with washing (e.g. face, hands), brushing teeth, changing pads when required as he is doubly incontinent and to ensure that he is comfortable in his wheelchair.
I would like a PA with patience who will take time to get to know my son and to build a trusting relationship, able to recognise his individual needs and manage them accordingly.
A PA with some previous experience supporting children with complex needs would be desirable but not essential for this opportunity as training can be provided.
Also, by working closely with me, the PA will be required to plan fun and engaging activities that will be safe, enjoyable and positively stimulate my son.
There is flexibility of the above hours and days and the PA might be asked to cover 8h night shift, if that would be in agreement for both employer and the PA.

Client Biography:
I am a young father of three children who require the service of a personal assistant to support in providing care for my son who is a young 10y boy diagnosed with Cerebral palsy and disabled Quadriplegia which affects my son’s movement, posture, and co-ordination.
I am the sole carer for my son with some support from my mother who leaves locally. My son has limited mobility and requires the use of a wheelchair to move around. My son is non-verbal and uses PECS and Makaton at school and vocalise with sounds to communicate if he is happy or uncomfortable and need support.
The personal assistant will work alongside me as parent who will be taking on the role of the employer.
Alfie likes listening his nursing rhymes at his iPad (‘’Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly’’ etc) listening to music and popping bubbles. Alfie can be reassured when you singing to him which he really enjoys.

Ideal Candidate
The successful candidate will:
- Be willing to take time to get to know my son and his individual needs,
- Be able to work alongside me as parent,
- Be friendly, fun and outgoing having a warm and caring attitude,
- Be punctual, reliable and trustworthy,
- Be well organised and able to maintain professional standards and confidentiality,
- Have a basic understanding of how to support children with disabilities or be willing to learn.
- Be able to use their initiative,
- Treat people with dignity and respect and adopt a person-centred approach to their support.
- Have manual handling and hoist experience (desirable but not essential as training will be given),
- Be a car driver willing to use my mini - van to access further activities in the community (desirable but not essential as I would drive if requires).
- Be able to speak English clearly.
- The person must be entitled to work in the UK.

Essential Criteria:
Personal care tasks: Changing pads and cleaning, dressing/ undressing before going out for walk and when return back home, washing hands and face, brushing teeth and hair.
Domestic tasks: Cleaning and tidying away equipment e.g. after food, changing etc. and tidying away after activities and sensory play.
Community Living Tasks: Close supervision within the home environment and while in the community, engaging my son in play and appropriate activities, recognising and supporting emotional needs and non-verbal communication, offering comfort and reassurance when required.

Type of experience required:
Support with accessing the community and engagement in activities, repositioning/ transfers e.g wheelchair to bed, physio exercises (20-30min training will be provided), feeding, drinking, toileting, reassurance and support with emotional needs.
An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) will be required the cost will be met by the employer.
Length of experience required: at least 6 months experience.
Full Driving Licence: Yes, father could provide his adapted vehicle.
Use of Own Car: n.a
Gender: any
Language: able to communicate well in English.

To Apply:
To apply for this post, please submit your CV to the following: [email protected]

As part of our Information Advice and Guidance Service, Enham Trust supports disabled people to employ their own staff. This vacancy is not a role within Enham Trust but an excellent opportunity to work directly for one of our customers. A right to work check will be undertaken before an any offer of employment. All vacancies may be subject to a DBS (formally CRB) check.