Personal Assistants wanted to assist a woman with a disability to live an Independent life

Hours: 5 to 10 hours a week approximately
Location:
Greystones Co Wicklow
Salary: €12.50 (Basic) per hour €14 Sunday rate

2 Positions available

Background: I’m 66, with a physical disability neuro muscular disorder a wheelchair user and partially deaf I am a former Lecturer in Social Care. I still work doing some disability equality training from time to time and lead a very independent life. I am currently writing my memoirs I am looking for a committed person to assist me with my daily living needs. Work is generally routine most tasks are well defined, but can have considerable variation; some phases of the work are less well defined and may require ability to work on own initiative. I enjoy nature and have a dog.

Overall Purpose of the job:

To enable me to achieve maximum independence in my daily living, by providing assistance in all areas of personal and domestic need, and by acting as a support in the social and day-to- day activities. By having assistance at the right time I am, enabled to lead an individual and independent lifestyle. An understanding of the Independent Living Model/Social Model of Disability is important in this role as a Personal Assistant.

Time Commitment

I would like someone Monday to Saturday 8am – 9am I require someone every morning to assist with morning routine and some support with personal care.

I would also like some batch cooking completed on possibly one afternoon a week maybe a Monday (1.30 hours will be allocated for this task) This would overlap with lunch ensuring support to me for lunchtime that day.

In addition to the above ideally I also would require a lunch call i.e. 1pm – 2pm Tuesday to Saturday

There may also be possibility of a couple of block hours on a Saturday

This leaves me with a few other block hours to allocate and plan other items within the week to attend appointments and other activities social events.

I operate a roster system and notice will be given to PA’s in advance but some flexibility is required

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Physically assisting with preparation of cooking meals...
  • Light General domestic duties, ironing washing and hovering cleaning the kitchen floor bathroom shopping etc.
  • Assistance with personal care
  • Driving to meetings and events as required
  • Assistance with such tasks as taking notes on my behalf at such meetings and events etc.
  • Physically assisting with any other tasks that I may require to undertake. For example: writing letters filling out forms keeping accurate records receipts book keeping with guidance direction etc. from me.
  • Physically assisting with packing for holidays or conferences etc.
  • Accompany me at Social Activities attending theater shoes concert conferences events etc.
  • An Interest in arts painting photography writing and advantage

This position may suit some who has the following

  • An understanding of disability and the Independent Living movement / Social model of disability
  • Ability to be pay close attention to detail and follow instruction
  • Fluency in English essential both verbal and written
  • Trustworthiness – aware of the importance of confidentiality (respect privacy),
  • Patience, sense of humor and positive thinking would be a distinct advantage
  • Ability to think outside of the box
  • Some evening, antisocial and weekend hours will be required and flexibility a roster will be issued in advance
  • Clean driving license and a competent driver
  • An Interest in the arts painting photography writing and advantage

Qualities / Requirements

  • FETAC Level 5 in Social Care or caring industry or equivalent experience
  • Manual handling experience / qualification essential
  • Must be available to attend mandatory training sessions as required
  • Flexible
  • Full Clean Driving License

Please note this position is subject to successful Garda Vetting.

If interested, please email your CV cover letter and two references along with any certificate gained to with reverence code G2 to mary@theatnetwork.com Closing Date 31st August at 5pm


Job Description – Personal Assistant

Job Title: Personal Assistant
Leader Background:

I’m 66, with a physical disability neuro muscular disorder a wheelchair user and partially deaf I am a former Lecturer in Social Care. I still work doing some disability equality trading from time to time and lead a very independent life. I am currently writing my memoirs I am looking for a committed person to assist me with my daily living needs. Work is generally routine most tasks are well defined, but can have considerable variation; some phases of the work are less well defined and may require ability to work on own initiative. I enjoy nature and have a dog

Overall Purpose of the job:

To enable the Leader to achieve maximum independence in her daily living, by providing assistance in all areas of personal and domestic need, and by acting as a support in the social and day-to- day activities of the Leader. By having assistance at the right time the Leader, is enabled to lead an individual and independent lifestyle. An understanding of the Independent Living Model/Social Model of Disability is important in this role as a Personal Assistant.

Work is generally routine; most tasks are well defined, but can have considerable variation; some phases of the work are less well defined and may require ability to work on own initiative.

Main Duties / Responsibilities:

  1. Preparation and cooking of meals physically assisting with preparation of cooking meals from scratch...and washing up etc. The Leader may have special dietary requirements to follow
  2. Light General domestic housework duties that the Leader requires, such as ironing, laundry washing / ironing clothes, including making / changing bed, hovering cleaning the kitchen floor kitchen cupboards cleaning bathroom Shopping.,. etc.
  3. Maintaining the orderliness, hygiene and safety of the working environment the home with guidance from the Leader
  4. Physically assisting with any other tasks that Leader may require to undertake. For example: writing letters filling out forms etc.
  5. Physically assisting with packing for holidays or conferences.
  6. Accompany the Leader on Social outings and other events appointments as required.
  7. Accept and carry out all instructions diligently.
  8. Behave in a reliable and trustworthy manner at all times.
  9. Have clean personal habits.
  10. Willing to attend all training sessions.
  11. Communicate effectively with the Leader and their relatives.
  12. Be reliable and dependable. Arrive at the work at the time specified and work the full amount of time allocated.
  13. The Personal Assistant must be willing to accept instructions and to follow the directions and requests of his / her Leader.
  14. Some evening, antisocial and weekend hours will be required.
  15. Assisting with personal care by carrying out routine personal care duties. Grooming etc. Able to respond flexibly and appropriately to the personal care needs of the Leader Able to provide effective personal care and support in a way which maintains the privacy, dignity and safety of the Leader at all times
  16. General observations of medication Updating Leader records, recording observations etc. With Leader guidance
  17. Moving and handling Leader safely - Able to manoeuvre the Leader safely using aids where appropriate
  18. Confidentiality key Handling personal possessions and documents. At times the PA May undertake some clerical duties client is an academic and is also writing her memoirs at present and require some assistance with such tasks and projects
  19. Ability to communicate effectively with Leader, their relatives and friend’s colleagues The PA will treats Leader, their relatives / representatives with courtesy at all times
  20. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing (to understand and be understood) in English the Leader is partially deaf so this is very important.
  21. Reliable and dependable. Arrive at the work at the time specified and work the full amount of time allocated
  22. Able to follow clear instructions and feed back to leader and senior staff
  23. Able to work as part of a team as well as use own initiative
  24. Understands the need to report to the Leader and senior staff changes to the care needs or condition of the Leader as appropriate
  25. Driving leader full clean driving licence

Region: 

Greystones, Co Wicklow

Expiry date: 

31/08/19

Date Entered/Updated: 

14/08/19