Personal Care Assistant - 1-to-1 in client's home

Summary I am a 40yo disabled man with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. I employ a team of PAs to support me 24/7 living independently at home, and going out and about professionally and socially. Shifts are 9am-6.30pm, 9am-10pm, 10pm-9am, this includes periods of downtime. I am currently looking for someone to work in a part-time or full time capacity, during the day. There is a little flexibility but you will be required to work one weekend day per fortnight. If you want to only work weekends, that's fine too. About me I have severe muscle weakness in all areas which restricts all movement, requiring the use of a ventilator and electric wheelchair. I require assistance with all aspects of personal care, getting out socially and at-work support, full training is given. You must be OK with cats (I have two), and be comfortable supporting me as a gay man living with my husband. We enjoy travelling, baking and drinking cocktails and love to have fun. What I'm looking for As this role involves 1-to-1 care, it is most important for me to find someone who I can build a rapport with. The ideal candidate for this role will be punctual, reliable, trustworthy, caring and understanding. You have to be both fun and reliable. You will be able to recognise the responsibility of your role in maintaining my well-being without becoming overwhelmed by it. You will be given extensive training, but it is important that you can be comfortable with the responsibility of supporting someone on life support on a 1-to-1 basis. You will be comfortable taking direction from me on how to provide my care. Although I am looking for someone who can be professional when needed, the role can also be social, fun and relaxed. My PAs have supported me to get married, travel around the world and to have fun staycations at home. My PAs are a vital part of my life. For me, the most important qualifications are your own personal qualities. If you have care experience that's a bonus, but no experience is required and full training will be given. Job details Interviews will be carried out over video messaging - I can use zoom, Skype, FaceTime and most other platforms, whatever you prefer. If the interview is successful I will invite you to my flat for a practical trial. Pay is £11.50 per hour for days/12.50 nights and weekends. Successful applicants will be entitled to holiday pay and will be issued with employment contracts. There's an opportunity to earn additional pay of £1000-£2000 about twice a year if supporting me on holidays. All applicants must be willing to undertake an Enhanced DBS check and provide references. I aim to be a respectful, understanding and supportive employer, because I know that happy staff provide better care. I also personally invest hours of training in each new PA and want to see them succeed. This is NOT a generic job with an employer that doesn't care. MAIN DUTIES:This is an overview of all the assistance I require, your specific duties will depend on the shifts you have agreed to. Training will be provided for all duties. Managing my ventilator and ensuring it is connected and functionally correctly at all times Monitoring my health and wellbeing throughout the shift Getting me washed and dressed in the mornings Getting me undressed and ready for bed in the evenings Transferring me in and out of wheelchair/shower chair/bed as required, using a hoist. Assisting me with toileting Assisting me with dental care, skin and nail care, including monitoring any problem areas Preparing food and drink as required. Assisting me with eating at mealtimes. Carrying out basic physiotherapy stretches as instructed by a physiotherapist Supporting me in my role as CEO of a small charity - supporting me to attend meetings, record videos, run events etc Supporting me to access technology e.g. computers, TV, Ipad & phone Support me with pet care for my cats including feeding, cleaning litter trays and other pet care tasks Assistance with turning, repositioning, toileting & monitoring of ventilation. Sleeping will not be permitted on night shifts. ESSENTIAL SKILLS: Good observational skills Ability to take instruction and listen carefully Punctual, reliable and trustworthy Good verbal communication skills Not squeamish about personal care No experience necessary but welcome Part-time hours: 16-40 per week Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Permanent Salary: £11.50-£12.50 per hour
Berkshire, England, UK
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