21 hours per week available to work - you can choose the day/s and will work from 11am to 4pm although there is some flexibility on start times plus it can be evenings and weekends.
This position in Belsize Park is to work with someone who has some disability, but whose main focus is living to the full whenever possible. This job will involve little if any personal care – much more a case of saving the PA User’s limited energy for painting, reading books, gardening, listening to jazz/Rembetika, preparing good food and interesting discussions.
She is an ex-lecturer, born in 1962, teacher of English, artist, musician, writer, now “pensioned off” on medical grounds. She has movement disorders (variations on Parkinson’s with similarities to MS, Motor Neuron Disease, ME). These affect her mobility, eyesight, upper-body (weakness and pain) and my ability to eat.
As a PA you need a mature attitude that is not necessarily related to age; intermediate+ English; a “can do” attitude; an ability to work from a list using your initiative; some basic knowledge/experience of Excel spreadsheets and decent written English for straight forward emails.
The work includes:
Domestic duties: The first part of the job has an emphasises on domestic duties so the PA User doesn’t get exhausted: general duties include sweeping, mopping, wiping, cleaning (hardly any dusting), cleaning windows, hanging laundry, emptying bins, bed-making, preparing beverages and small meals, putting things away, errands to the shops, making sure things are safe, writing lists, accompanying the PA User when she goes out etc. Not all jobs mentioned have to be done each time but as needed.
Admin duties: which includes entering receipts into a spreadsheet, writing emails, phoning , putting things on the calendar, writing lists, lots of reminding, each of these may require following up – it’s not enough just to write something down if it’s not followed through by reminding the PA User.
Her fluctuating condition means when she is tired she will have sudden brain fog, short-term memory problems and a bit of confusion. This makes her do stupid/risky things so she wants someone who can understand and take the initiative when this is the case.
I need a person who actively listens and tries to remember things, someone with initiative, proactive attitude and excellent organisational skills. I don’t expect people to remember every detail but I do expect them to find a way of familiarising themselves so they have the necessary information to hand.
There has to be a certain amount of pre-empting my needs balanced with the right amount of self-restraint in the understandable temptation to take over. The job also requires patience; I don’t like to be hurried even though it might be annoying to watch how slowly and clumsily I operate/think/speak. I also dislike people finishing my sentences or providing words, especially when a completely inappropriate word reveals they aren’t really listening.