Tagsa Uibhist provides care at home to clients in South Uist, Benbecula, and North Uist (as well as smaller neighbouring islands). Every effort is made to achieve proximity when assigning Care Assistants to clients.
We are looking for a dedicated Care Assistant to support vulnerable adults living in the community, and achieve their desired outcomes, including maximising their health, well-being and independence, enhancing their quality of life and taking a greater part in their local community.
Our Care Assistants work with the elderly and with people who have additional support needs, meeting their personal needs and assisting with daily living needs, supporting clients to live independently, and meeting additional support as required, in accordance with Scottish National Care Standards. As well as assisting clients with day-to-day activities, our Care Assistants also contribute to their overall well-being by providing regular contact, company, and emotional support.
A Care Assistant's specific duties are based on the client's needs, choices, and preferences, which are assessed and agreed upon by Tagsa's senior care staff and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Every client has an up-to-date Care Plan, which is reviewed regularly. Detailed tasks are outlined in each Care Plan for the Care Assistant to carry out.
Assisting caregivers are responsible for following the client's Care Plan and other supporting documents and reporting any changes in the client's needs identified by the client, a family member or caregiver, medical professionals, or local authorities.
Working hours are variable and will be as stated on a rota provided by the Care Coordinator/Care Manager.
Duties and Responsibilities
Undertake a wide range of tasks, all of which should be done in a manner which supports independent living, appropriate to their abilities.
Assisting clients to get up in the morning including washing/bathing and dressing and maintaining personal appearance.
Assisting with undressing and getting to bed in the evening.
Assisting with the preparation of meals, drinks, and snacks when necessary.
Help with toileting and changing clothes and/or bedding where necessary.
Ensure commodes are emptied and sanitised.
Help with other tasks of personal daily living that service users cannot manage.
Assist and encourage the management of medication or administration where necessary and appropriate, and monitoring health-related conditions such as dietary & fluid intake.
Help service users with mobility difficulties, or other physical disabilities, including incontinence.
Help in the use of aids and other personal equipment.
Ensure clients retain individuality and personal dignity by promoting high standards of care and encouraging independence where appropriate.
Ensure that different cultural needs are catered for sensitively.
Respect the confidential nature of the work.
Provide direct care to clients as circumstances require according to the care plan.
Attend staff meetings and training courses as required.
Contribute to an effective system of communication within the team, through discussion and regular team meetings.
Ensure that the Health and Safety policies are always implemented.
Undertake any other relevant duties specified by Management.
Demonstrate an active understanding of the principles of the job as described above, and with appropriate guidance from Tagsa Uibhist Chief Executive Officer and Management Team members.
Ensure that information about Tagsa Uibhist clients and concerning any other individuals Tagsa Uibhist works with, is treated with respect and confidentiality.
Contribute to the overall quality of the Tagsa Uibhist s service delivery, by working closely with other members of the staff team, helping promote good practice, communicating and taking part in staff meetings, and contributing to meeting the objective of the service.
Take part in regular supervision meetings.
Take part in training as agreed to learn and develop skills associated with the job.
Work always in accordance with all Tagsa Uibhist policies and procedures.
Report immediately any incident of a serious nature such as abuse.
Report all accidents immediately to Tagsa Uibhist s CEO and/or senior management followed by a written statement.
Skills, Experience and Qualifications
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to listen to patients and clearly verbalise information.
Excellent interpersonal skills, enabling good mutual understanding with vulnerable individuals.
Previous experience working in the care setting.
Relevant SVQ/NVQ or similar qualifications.
Understanding elderly health issues.
Clean driving licence.
Ability to work well in a team, as the job often requires working closely together with other healthcare professionals
Patience and the ability to remain calm and collected in crises.
Ability to relate to people from a variety of backgrounds.
Physical strength and endurance.
All necessary training provided
Key Worker Status for Hebridean Housing Partnership
Option to progress through SVQs in Social Care
Employers Pension contribution of 5%
Bike to Work Scheme
Support and Supervision
Option to take on extra shifts.
In return for your commitment, you will be offered excellent competitive remuneration and working
If you are a dedicated, well-organised individual with excellent communication skills, then we would like to hear from you. To apply, please send an email with a note of your work experience and a short note about why you are the right candidate.