Mum’s Help/Personal Assistant
Job Title / Role: Mum's Help/Personal Assistant
Type: Part Time
Contact: The Sherwin Family
We’re looking for a helpful, resourceful and patient person to provide care, support and enjoyment for our 15 year old son who has cerebral palsy. He is social, good company and very interested in the world, despite the challenges he faces. To create a safe, nurturing, and interesting environment which he and his younger brother (aged 13, but increasingly independent) enjoy.
• He requires assistance in all aspects of daily life as well as therapeutic input (which can be taught to the successful applicant) to help him develop his independence and physical skills.
• Some of the role also involves helping around the home – cooking, shopping and other household tasks as they arise.
• The ideal candidate would involve him in stimulating, creative or physical activities (this may include going on short walks around town, the local park or be happy taking him to meet a friend in town) take him to events or activities with or in place of his parents.
• Encourage him in learning activities, such as reading, completing tasks on his computer or other simple educational tasks.
• Support with his physical and personal care needs. Support with toileting, showering and changing in to nightclothes.
• We have appropriate handling equipment which we can train helpers to use.
• Any other task which the employer may reasonably ask you to do which falls within the scope of the job as a Personal Assistant.
Additional employment information
• Experience of looking after someone who is physically disabled and associated therapy/handling/equipment would be helpful but not essential as would an ability to do see what needs doing, get through the routine stuff whilst having some fun at the same time.
• This role might suit someone who is currently in a TA/SEN role, a college student or someone who wishes to go into teaching/healthcare.
• Previous experience of working with children (can be nieces/nephews/younger siblings) is essential.
• Experience of Conductive Education/Physiotherapy training and/or experience of helping a child with a disability would be advantageous.
• A driving licence is also helpful.
• A certain level of physical fitness is required due to the nature of the job. The role does involve manual handling, so a willingness to attend appropriate training is important.
• An enhanced DBS will be required for successful applicants, cost born by the employer.