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Personal Assistant

Location: Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, South West Rate of Pay: £78.30 per sleepover shift

Hours per Week: 1 or 2 shifts per week

Job Reference: 253MW Expires: 31st October 2019

About the Employer

I am a middle aged lady living in the Hatherley area of Cheltenham. I broke my neck which has left me paralysed from the chest down.  I have used a wheelchair for 25 years.  I have strength in my arms which enables me to do a lot of things for myself, such as washing the top half of my body, eating and drinking, and many other things.  I need someone who is mentally and physically fit. I live in a very modern, well-adapted house.  I have an electric wheelchair and an overhead hoist in my bedroom which is downstairs.  You will be required to sleep downstairs on my sofa and you will need to bring your own bedding. 

Summary of Duties

Assistance with transferring using hoist and adjustable bed, I also use a slip sheet. (full training will be provided)

Assist me with stretches and exercise. You will be shown how to assist me with my stretches and also how to assist me onto my exercise bike by placing my feet on the pedals.

Assistance with undressing and preparing for bed

Assist me with the preparation of my medication

Personal care tasks such as washing my bottom half

Empty my catheter bag.

Assistance with preparing food and drinks (including breakfast)

Assistance with turning/re-positioning once during the night

Light domestic duties such as loading/unloading dish washer, tidying up after yourself.

Any other duties of a similar nature as required

The Person They Are Looking For

You must be female*

Due to the nature of the job you must be very reliable

You must be flexible 

You must be committed to helping me to be independent

Previous care experience is preferred but not essential as training will be given by myself and another PA.

*Due to the nature of the work (personal care) this job is an exception to the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (S7, 2B)

The Times Required

10:30 pm – 08:30am

1 or 2 shifts per week. You must be available to cover one or two Saturday shifts per month and to also provide cover for existing staff (sickness/holidays). Flexibility is an important part of the role. – Shifts to be discussed at interview. Bank staff are also always welcome.

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