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Carer / Personal Assistant

£9.50 - £11.50 per hour
Milton Keynes

An opportunity has arisen for a Carer / Personal Assistant to provide care and support to a lady who has Athetoid Cerebral Palsy and lives in her own home in Neath Hill, Milton Keynes.  In return, you will receive generous pay rates between £9.50 - £11.50 per hour.

The Carer / Personal Assistant will be working directly for the lady and will be responsible for assisting in all areas of her personal and domestic needs, and to act as an escort and aid to her social and day to day activities.

The lady is unable to walk and uses an electric wheelchair.  Her speech is also affected but can be understood fairly easily by most people, especially when they’re used to her.  She can use a computer independently and works part-time as an HR Assistant at the Open University and has done so for twenty-seven years.  Her husband has epilepsy and is therefore unable to drive, but is otherwise able-bodied and also works at the OU.  They live in a lovely bungalow with a large garden, which they both thoroughly enjoy and take great pride in.  They have a cat, tropical fish and a large pond of gold fish.  As well as gardening, some of her other hobbies and interests include swimming, cycling, going to the gym, photography and entertaining friends and family.  The Carer / Personal Assistant will be required to drive her and her husband in their wheelchair accessible vehicle.  She employs a team of two to three carers and currently has one vacancy to fill.

 Duties will fluctuate daily however will include:

  • Personal care
  • Domestic tasks
  • Meal preparation
  • Assistance with meals
  • Taking her swimming
  • Assisting with other fitness activities and other pastimes and interests
  • Help with shopping and other driving errands, e.g. visiting family and friends.
  • Some general garden maintenance

 Experience is not essential as full training will be provided however the successful Carer / Personal Assistant must:

  • Hold a full clean driving licence
  • Be in good physical health as the role will involve lifting, handling, pushing and bending
  • Be able to swim and confident in the water
  • Be happy, outgoing, enthusiastic, caring and empathic with a willingness to learn
  • Have flexibility in their work approach
  • Be reliable, trustworthy and conscientious
  • Be willing to undergo a DBS check

 The weekly hours of work for this post are:

  • Monday 9.00am to 4.00pm (including Swimming) = 7 hours
  • Tuesday 9am to 2.15pm = 5.25 hours
  • Tuesday 5.15pm to 8pm = 2.75 hours
  • Wednesday 9am to 2.15pm = 5.25 hours

However, the team as a whole needs to be able to cover the below shifts and to accomodate annual leave and sickness as and when necessary.   

  • Monday 9am to 7.30pm = 10.5 hours
  • Monday 9am to 4pm (including swimming) - 7 hours 
  • Tuesday 9am to 2.15pm = 5.25 hours
  • Tuesday 5.15pm to 8pm = 2.75 hours
  • Wednesday 9am to 2.15pm = 5.25 hours
  • Wednesday 5.15pm to 8pm = 2.75 hours
  • Thursday 9am to 2.15pm = 5.25 hours
  • Thursday 4:45pm to 7.30pm = 3 hours
  • Friday 9am to 6pm = 9 hours
  • Saturday Occasionally required (hours variable and negotiable)
  • Sunday Occasionally required (hours variable and negotiable)

Occasional overnight escorts / sleepovers may also be required.

The pay rates are:

  • £9.50 per hour Mon – Fri 7am – 10pm
  • £10.50 per hour Sat & Sun 7am – 10pm
  • £11.50 per hour bank holidays & unsociable hours (between 10pm & 7am)
  • Overnight escorts will be paid at Rate 1 for 12 hours per day
  • Sleepovers will be paid at a flat rate of £70 per night, from 10pm to 8am

The lady is looking for committed, caring staff who are enthusiastic and passionate about caring for others.  Please apply online to be considered for this role.