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Personal Assistant DPSS440

Holt

Between £8.30-10.00 Per Hour

Part Time

Direct Payment Support Service

Closing Date: 07/05/21

Job Purpose

To support a gentleman living with dementia.  The role is split into two parts, firstly to assist with childcare after school and school holidays and to provide 4 hours support to access the community, increasing independence and to have a positive impact on the gentleman’s wellbeing.

 

Location: Briningham, Holt

 

Details

At present 4 hours a week are for ‘W’ to have one to one. This is to address the isolation and depression that dementia causes. ‘W’ lives in a village with no services and no bus route so ‘W’ is unable to get out.  ‘W’ would like to go for a trip out to shops, buy food, to be supported to cook a meal for the children, go to the coast, cinema, just going for a coffee for example.  It maybe that he needs help with sorting out the garage or his office space or clothes etc, things he can’t motivate himself to do.  ‘W’ struggles to have a reason or purpose to get up, sleeps a lot which is compounded by how the everyday tasks are draining and exhausting to him.

‘W’ loves to get out of the house, loves coffee and cake (too much!!). He is an avid film addict and has always played guitar and music is important to him. Loves photography and desperately needs to organise backing up his photos on the computer!!!  He is exceptionally intelligent and enjoys good conversation. ‘W’ worked in computer programming and web design for his career but originally gained a degree in astrophysics. This has probably made the cognitive impairment harder to accept as he was very capable. His memory is good, and the cognitive issues are mostly higher executive functioning skills, mobility issues and depression from the diagnosis and prognosis.

For up to three days a week ‘W’ requires support to pick the children up from school and assist with all the usual routines with the children until Mum returns home from work.  When the allocated hours are not used during the week, weekend working may be required. The goal is to enable ‘W’ to be involved when he can be, but that the PA needs to recognise when he can’t and get on with things to uphold the children’s routine.   The children – aged 6 and 9 – have a lot to cope with and are learning that issues exist at home, so security and routine is so important.  They need to have guidance after school, tea cooked, baths and bedtime started by 8pm. Packed lunches sorted, uniform for next day, homework, stories, play etc with ‘W’ doing what he can but it will only ever be a few parts of the routine not all of it.

NB – This job involves working with young people or children.

Person specification

Listed below are the skills, competencies and qualities that are essential and desirable for the post. My assessment of these, both on application and at interview, will be the main factor in determining if you are successful. Please refer to these when submitting your application.

Essential

 

  • An understanding of childcare requirements and the importance of routine
  • Well organised
  • Kind and supportive nature
  • Calm and flexible in thinking, someone unphased and adaptable to changing needs
  • Car owner/driver with relevant business insurance

Desirable

 

  • An understanding of the barriers faced by someone living with dementia (training will be given)
  • Shared interests

Summary terms and conditions

 

  • The rate of pay for this position is £ £9.37 per hour.

 

  • You will be reimbursed for any agreed expenses incurred as part of the role.

 

  • Hours and times of work: 19 hours per week, flexible due to family needs and school holidays, to be discussed further at interview. Job share considered.

 

  • The annual holiday entitlement is 107 hours based on 19 hours worked per week.

 

 

This post is subject to

 

  • A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, the cost of which will be covered by the employer.

 

  • Satisfactory references from two referees, one of which must be your current or last employer.

 

Completion of a satisfactory probationary period.