Personal Assistants wanted to support active person with spinal cord injury

WF2 8YA, Wakefield
17 Nov 2016
14 Nov 2017
Contract Type
About me:
I'm a young at heart guy with a high-level spinal-cord injury; paralysed below the shoulders and wheelchair dependent.

Regardless of injury I live a healthy and active lifestyle; I exercise regularly and like to be out and about as much as possible whether it's swimming, laps around the sports track or playing wheelchair rugby [see photo's & video below].
I have an adapted car which I drive on trips out locally and further afield. In the coming year, with the right care support I'd like to drive across Europe to my parents in Bulgaria, or perhaps fly to Los Angeles and drive to Illinois to visit my friends.

I enjoy activities to help in fundraising, last year I took part in a 450 km hand cycle across Cuba to raise funds for Regain the sports charity for tetraplegics, like me. Next year I hope to do a similar challenge in Kenya.
I enjoy nightlife when I have the opportunity as well as the
annual trip to San Antonio, Ibiza for a lively fun filled holiday with my younger brother, obviously I need care support :)

I'm an ex-soldier and university graduate, accomplished artist and qualified art psychotherapist. I have in an depth understanding of my neurological condition and associated physical impairment, consequently I am most qualified to manage my care and able communicate my needs effectively.

Person specification:
I am looking for someone friendly with a good sense of humour, energetic and outgoing to assist me with sporting and social activities as well as all aspects of daily living. You should be physically fit, in good health able to provide dignified quality care and have a genuine interest in doing so. You should also be enthusiastic, reliable and trustworthy with a degree of flexibility around working hours. It is essential for safety purposes you have high standards of personal hygiene, speak English fluently and understand the necessity for privacy and confidentiality.
With regards to travel and challenges, I require support from someone physically able, energetic with the right aptitude, flexible with time and to be able to commit to an event, whether it's a weekend wheelchair rugby tournament, 5 to7 day holidays/challenges abroad or two-week road trip.

Summary of duties:
It is essential that Personal Assistants understand their responsibilities and fulfill their role maintaining consistently high standards or care and support. Personal care; dressing and undressing, help with washing, bathing and toilet, physiotherapy exercises, slide board transfers bed to chair/chair to car, assist pushing wheelchair outdoors, help using exercise equipment and standing frame. Domestic tasks; food preparation, food and medication stock check, assistance with shopping, and general household tasks (dusting/polishing, laundry, changing bedding, cleaning food preparation areas and floors etc..). Social and sporting; escort/accompany to sport activities and social outings, assist with transfers car to rugby chair/vice versa, taping/strapping hands for Rugby/track, aid with transfers in and out of swimming pool, assist with transfers on board aircraft. Additional activities; setting up art materials/craft projects and any other reasonable request.

Qualifications and training
Some experience in care is preferred but not essential as full training will be given by myself and experienced personal assistants. I am fully aware of my needs and how best they should be met therefore you must be willing to work
under my direction and follow guidance and instructions from co-workers while you learn the job role. Once your knowledge and experience of the role increases you will be expected to work on your own initiative and deal with tasks efficiently and effectively. You must be able to drive and have a full UK driver’s license, ideally unrestricted use of a vehicle.

Times required
At present a normal shift starts
19:30/20:00 to 12 noon the following day.

My care is currently being reviewed

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