I am a 20 year old female who has hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and seizures which are still being investigated. The hEDS causes symptoms such as loose unstable joints that dislocate easily, extreme fatigue, easy bruising, digestive problems and bladder problems. The POTS can cause severe dizziness and fainting. Due to all of this this, I have a lot of medical appointments with different consultants as well as regular physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. I also have high functioning autism which I can struggle to cope with when I am very tired.
I am starting university in September and am looking forward to enjoying every part of university life.
Hours / Times of Work
I have 13 hours per week available and can be flexible to suit both of us, this can be discussed at interview. However you should expect some early mornings if I have classes that start early.
Rates of Pay
£8.50 to £9 per hour depending on experience
Main Duties and Responsibilities
-To assist me with personal care tasks and maintaining a safe home environment
-To help me buy and prepare meals that are not catered for by the university
-To assist me with household tasks
-To help me pace myself and manage pain levels as effectively as possible
-To support me in attending some appointments and completing physiotherapy exercises
-To occasionally assist me in accessing social occasions depending on my condition
Essential Requirements and Characteristics
- First Aid knowledge
- Common sense
- Sense of humour
- Good communication skills
- Adaptable (my condition can change quickly)
-Available during university term times, it is preferable that annual leave will be taken in university holidays although this could be slightly flexible if plenty of notice is given.
- Female only due to personal care
- Confident swimmer
- Enjoys cooking
- Driver, with access to a vehicle with business insurance
Successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.
The jobs is advertised on an employed basis (i.e. it is not relevant for self-employment). Successful applicants will be required to provide a P45 or complete a P46 which will be forwarded to HM Revenue and Customs to ensure that appropriate tax and national Insurance deductions can be made.
You must be legally entitled to work in the UK. This will be checked as part of the application process.
The job requires people who have of a good degree common sense and initiative. It is essential that you are able to respect confidentiality. As part of the work you will inevitably get to know a lot of personal information about the person you are supporting. It is essential, and a specific requirement of the job, that you respect people's confidentiality at all times.
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