Job Description – Personal Assistant, Newbold - £8.50 per hour
Personal Assistants are needed for a lady in Newbold, Chesterfield who has Alzheimer’s disease. The employer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2008, she is still able to live at home but needs help with her day to day living. Friendly and trusting, she will often reward you with a laugh and a smile.
The lady requires support from 6.45am to 7.45pm Monday to Friday. We are therefore looking for two or three PA’s to work flexibly to cover these times. She also attends a day care service Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10-2, with drop off and collection required. The hours may sometimes vary according to the employer’s needs and when needed you may be asked to work extra hours to provide cover for other staff. Ideally you will need to be able to work flexibly.
£8.50 per hour – All hours worked paid at flat rate, no enhancement for weekends or bank holidays.
A car driver with own car is essential. You will need to have insurance cover that includes use for business, and to be able to load / unload the employer.
Female only – this is a genuine occupational qualification under the Equality Act 2010 due to the need for personal care.
- Previous experience of working with dementia preferred.
- A DBS check may be required for this post. Your employer will arrange and pay for this.
You would be expected to:
Work closely with the employer and family to meet the agreed outcomes on the employer’s support plan.
The employer would like support with:
- Personal care – showering, and using the toilet
- Dressing and undressing, including selecting appropriate clothing
- Making drinks and snacks as required
- Making the bed, changing the sheets
- Light domestic cleaning – vacuuming and dusting
- Engagement in conversation
- Shopping (either accompanying the employer or fetching shopping when needed)
- Keeping the house tidy
- Dropping off and collecting from day group
A personal assistant must be:
- Reliable and Responsible
- Discreet and respect the importance of confidentiality
- Responsive to instructions
- Capable of taking a back seat
- Sensitive and observant enough to know when their assistance is needed
- Able to recognise the boundaries of the role and to remain within these
- Flexible and adaptable
- Patient and tolerant of other’s difficulties
- Responsive and respectful of the client’s emotional needs
Personal Assistants Responsibilities
- Arrive at the scheduled time, ready to work.Notify if you are going to be arriving late when possible, give advanced notice of holiday leave and whenever possible sick leave.Punctuality and reliability are essential.
- If problems or queries arise, it is important to discuss and resolve them immediately with the employer and, if appropriate, with their family or representatives. It is important to be as open in your communication as possible.
- Since you will have access to confidential information concerning all aspects of the person’s life, it is important that you respect the privacy of the person you are working with.You should be discreet and professional at all times.
- Respect the lifestyle, routine and opinions of the person with whom you work.Do not interfere or impose your own judgments and opinions unless requested to do so.Remember, your job is to enable the person to lead an independent lifestyle of their choosing.
- Assistants should respect the possessions and home of the individual; your ‘workplace’ is their home. Use of the telephone, heating etc. is at the employer’s discretion.
Learning the Job
The employer is the person best qualified to know what their needs are and how they can be best assisted. The best way to learn the tasks involved is by listening to the employer’s requests, by working with the employer’s family or representatives and asking for guidance when necessary. Most difficulties can be resolved by the personal assistant and the employer working together.