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HomeLife Officer

  • Reference: NSC057
  • Application closing date: 29 Jan 2018 10:00

Job Description

Based in Ludlow, Shropshire

Job Description

Job Title: HomeLife Support Officer

Responsible to:  Independent Living Coordinator for Beech Gardens for general day to day client issues. 

HomeLife Manager for supervision and performance/guidance issues.

 

 

Department: HomeLife

Number of people directly managed: 0

Main purpose and scope of the job:

 

  • Provide individual domestic support to people in their own homes to promote independence and social inclusion
  • Provide support as part of an agreed HomeLife plan which can include accompanied visits outside of the home.
  • Help customers  to  prevent deterioration in their quality of life and the need for health and social care intervention.
  • Take an active role in the development and promotion of the scheme to people living within the community and with other agencies.
  • Be an effective and supportive member of the HomeLife team
  • Provide wellbeing checks and basic housing management support to the tenants of Beech Gardens Independent Living scheme, Ludlow. 

 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: 

 

To provide HomeLife service to designated individuals by:

  1. Provide wellbeing checks to all Beech Gardens tenants, ensure they are well and safe.
  2. Provide basic housing management support to these tenants eg: ensuring the environment is safe for use, reporting of repairs for communal areas, monitoring of grounds maintenance.  Ensuring contractors arrive and jobs are carried out to specification. 
  3. Liaise and work closely with the Independent Living Coordinator who holds responsibility for the whole site.  Ensure clients are supported according to their support plans and support hours are maintained appropriately.  You will be expected to help on the main Whitefriars site if necessary for cover purposes.  This will be within your existing hours.
  4. Assessing the support needs with each customer and drawing up a mutually agreed plan. Reviewing the plan regularly in consultation with customer and HomeLife Manager.
  5. Visiting each customer regularly to provide appropriate support as agreed in support plan.
  6. Tasks within the HomeLife plan will include the following:

 

In The Home- helping with:

  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Ironing
  • Laundry tasks
  • Help with moving home- all practical tasks eg packing/cleaning/arranging viewing etc
  • Other domestic tasks as requested by the customer

 

Correspondence and Appointments:

  • Reading letters and bills to customers and helping them to understand/read the contents and deal with any requirements
  • Paying bills- helping people to get to post office/bank/make arrangements for paying rent etc
  • Arranging appointments- eg GPs, arranging for hospital transport, etc
  • Helping customer to reply to any correspondence including use of I.T

 

Accompanied Visits

  • Helping with shopping trips
  • Health appointments
  • Going with customer for a walk or helping customer to access exercise and leisure facilities
  • Going with customer on a trip or outing

 

Rebuilding Confidence

  • Assisting customer after they have come out of hospital, and helping them to manage in their home following hospital stays
  • Helping customer to get out and about generally and giving encouragement
  • Helping customer cope with an illness or disability
  • Enable customer to make new friends and social contacts by being aware of all local activities and networking effectively with other locality agencies and events
  1. Maintain appropriate records and administration of the project.
  2. Liaise regularly with support officers in your locality and attend team meetings and training as required. Report on a weekly basis to the HomeLife Manager to review and discuss support plan of needs for each tenant.
  3. Uphold the Equalities and Diversity Policy of the Group
  4. Take responsibility for the health and safety of oneself when visiting customers in their homes.
  5. To undertake any other duties that may be required from time to time commensurate with the grade and general nature of the post
  6. To provide cover for HomeLife team members in instances such as holidays and sickness.

Special Conditions

  • The post holder will be based in a Beech Gardens Independent Living scheme  and will claim mileage to travel to customers from the hub.
  • The post may occasionally require work outside normal working hours, therefore a flexible working pattern within the hours for the post will be necessary.
  • Will often be working in a lone worker capacity.
  • May be subjected to unexpected abusive and unpleasant behaviour

 

Standard Requirements (Applicable to all roles)

 

1.   All individuals are expected to be flexible in undertaking the duties and responsibilities attached to their job and may be asked to perform other duties which reasonably correspond to the general character of their job and their level of responsibility.

2.   All individuals are expected to maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job and participate in appropriate learning and development activities.

3.   All individuals are expected to carry out their duties and responsibilities having regard to the company’s commitment to providing a customer focused service. 

4.   Act as an ambassador for the Group at all times during the course of your duties.

5.   Ensure compliance with requirements under the Data Protection Act 1998 and follow the Group’s Data Protection Policy and procedures relating to confidentiality.

6.   To promote equality and diversity and to treat everyone with fairness and dignity. Whilst be committed to the principles of Equality and Diversity.

7.   To recognise health and safety as a responsibility of every individual, to take reasonable care of oneself and others in the workplace and comply with policies, relevant legislation and any service specific procedures that may apply to the role.

8.   Ensure practice is firmly rooted within the Children and Adults Safeguarding framework. As an organisation we take an assertive approach to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children and adults with care and support needs and colleagues will need to demonstrate an understanding and commitment to best safeguarding practice.

 

Candidate Requirements

Person Specification

Qualities

Essential or desirable

Method of assessment

Qualifications

  • Qualifications – good general level of qualifications.
  • English & Mathematics at GCSE level or equivalent.
  • NVQ 2 Promoting Independence or Care or equivalent
  • Manual Handling qualification.
  • Must show a keenness to train towards NVQ 2 related qualification if appropriate.

 

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Knowledge and skills

  • An understanding of promoting independent living to include coaching and prompting skills.
  • Knowledge of the protection of vulnerable adults process.
  • Knowledge of cleaning in a home environment.
  • Understanding of health and safety issues in the home.
  • Knowledge of Food Hygiene procedures.
  • The ability to communicate with, and motivate, vulnerable people.
  • Have clear and effective written and verbal communication skills

 

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Experience

  • Experience of working with older or vulnerable people in their own homes.
  • Understanding or awareness of working with people who have hearing, sight or mobility loss.
  • Knowledge of a variety of vulnerabilities and acute medical conditions

 

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Other factors

  • Must have a valid driving license and access to a vehicle for business use.
  • Must have business use car insurance in order to carry passengers.
  • Must demonstrate a keenness to learn new skills associated with the post.
  • Can work on own initiative and be flexible to respond to the needs of the service.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work with other professionals.
  • Demonstrate an ability to be an effective team member.

 

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Employment Details

  • Employment Type: Full time
  • Hours: 35
  • Pay: £16,237 Annually

How to Apply

To apply online please Click Here. Or alternatively you can apply for an application pack by telephoning: 0300 303 1190 (option 2) quoting the post reference.