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PA sought for long-term association (socialisation, advocacy and support) – Newport

We are seeking a compassionate and dedicated Personal Advisor to provide support and guidance to a 60-year-old man with moderate learning difficulties and autism. The ideal candidate will have experience working with individuals with diverse needs, including autism spectrum disorders, and survivors of institutional sexual abuse. They will possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and be sympathetic to the Christian faith. Due to K's history, a female applicant is preferred, but male applicants will be considered.

Background:
K is a resourceful man in his late 50s, who loves reading, the Isle of Wight, books, and his Christian faith. He lives independently in a flat in social housing in Newport, and requires no personal care other than encouragement to bathe from time to time. K is in reasonably good health. His history means that engaging with medical or dental professionals is difficult for him.
He gets two weekly care sessions at the moment – one from Southern Housing, who help him open his post, do his banking and shopping, and one from Community Spirited, who clean his flat, and take him out for a drive.
At the moment K is very dependent on his 82 year old disabled mother, J, who has been his strong advocate and carer for decades. J is now conscious of the need to ensure K has local support on hand in future years. K has a brother, sister-in-law and sister who support him and look after administrative matters but live on the mainland. K does not like to leave the island; the rest of the family visit when they can.
The family are looking for a long-term relationship with someone who will become a trusted advisor and support for K. It is possible that the need for care will increase in years to come and ideally the PA would be in a position to take on more hours (with sufficient notice), or to support the managing in of a second carer.

Responsibilities:

1. Socialization Support: Assist the client in engaging with social activities and community events to promote social interaction and integration, without distressing the client or pushing him beyond his boundaries.
2. Administration Assistance: Provide support with administrative tasks, including organizing appointments, managing paperwork, and handling correspondence.
3. Advocacy: Advocate on behalf of the client with authorities, medical professionals, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure his needs are met and his rights are respected.
4. Medical appointments: taking the client to medical appointments, providing support and encouragement as necessary, advocating where necessary with the medical authorities (with family support).
5. Emotional Support: Offer emotional support and encouragement to the client, helping him navigate challenges and build confidence in various aspects of daily living.
6. Goal Setting and Planning: Where realistic and possible, collaborate with the client to establish personal goals and develop strategies to achieve them, fostering independence and self-advocacy.
7. Communication: Maintain open and effective communication with the client, his family members, and other support professionals involved in his care.
8. Documentation: Keep accurate records of interactions, progress, and any concerns, ensuring confidentiality and adherence to privacy regulations.
9. Emergency Support: In the case of an emergency, if no other friend or family is available, be willing to be asked to support K (for example, in an emergency hospital admission), until the family can arrive from the mainland.

Requirements:

1. Experience: Previous experience working with individuals with learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, or similar conditions is highly desirable.
2. Empathy and Patience: Ability to demonstrate empathy, patience, and understanding while supporting the client through various challenges and transitions.
3. Advocacy Skills: Strong advocacy skills to effectively represent the client's interests and communicate his needs to relevant stakeholders.
4. Organization: Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage administrative tasks efficiently and prioritize responsibilities.
5. Communication: Clear and effective communication skills, both verbal and written, to facilitate positive relationships and collaboration with the client and other team members.
6. Flexibility: Willingness to adapt to the evolving needs and preferences of the client, as well as to accommodate changes in schedules or routines.
7. Confidentiality: Commitment to maintaining confidentiality and respecting the privacy of the client and his personal information.

This position offers a unique opportunity to build a long-term relationship, and make a meaningful difference in the life of an individual with learning difficulties and autism, fostering independence, socialization, and overall well-being. If you are passionate about supporting individuals with diverse needs and possess the necessary skills and qualities, we encourage you to apply for this rewarding role.

Genders which may apply for this job – Any

Hours per week – 8 hours a week - 4 hours x 2 days Monday - Friday, ideally Wednesday/Thursday/Friday.

Hourly rate – £13

Area – Newport

Driving licence required – Yes

Employer has pets – No

Employer is smoker – No

Required care experience – friends or neighbours, Mental health

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