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Personal Assistant

Personal Assistant with Muscular Dystrophy Ireland


Job Summary:

The purpose of this role is to enable our members to achieve maximum independence in all aspects of daily living by providing assistance in one or more of the following areas: personal care, domestic assistance, social and community participation and educational assistance.

Location:                     Nationwide – Within your local area

Reporting to:              Respite Administrator under the supervision of the Head of Services

Contract Type:          Ad Hoc Contract

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide in-home and out of home respite care to members (children, young people and adults) and family members
  • Assist with personal care needs as identified by MDI e.g. mealtimes, personal hygiene, toileting, transferring, turning, dressing, hoisting etc
  • Assist with assistive interventions as identified by MDI; such as medication administration, peg feeding, administering cough assist, BiPaP, suctioning  etc. Please note, MDI shall provide training in these areas as required
  • Assist with domestic chores as identified by MDI
  • Assist with social and emotional wellbeing needs as identified by MDI e.g social and community participation, educational and employment assistance, supporting youth services and youth engagement etc.
  • Assist members in leading an active and independent life of their choosing
  • Maintain confidentiality and discretion around all Personal Assistant work
  • Develop and build professional relationships with MDI members and family members applying a family centred approach
  • Participate in internal supervision with line manager
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team with all MDI staff e.g. Family Support Worker, Youth Worker etc.
  • Adhere to all MDI policies and procedures; employment handbook, vulnerable adults safeguarding policy, children first policy, PA guidelines, social-media policy, confidentiality policy etc.
  • Submit timesheets monthly
  • Attend staff training as required
  • Report directly to the Respite Administrator (based in Dublin) re annual leave, sick leave, policies, guidelines etc.
  • Assist member(s) to build and maintain relationships and friendships
  • Assist members in leading an active and independent life of their choosing
  • Any other duties that may be required by the organisation to fulfil the needs of the post from time to time

Personal Specification:

Essential Requirements/Skills

  • Experience or understanding of working with people with disabilities
  • Knowledge of Muscular Dystrophy or a willingness to learn about the condition
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a good level of spoken and written English
  • Be reliable, trustworthy, and always maintain confidentiality
  • Proven ability to apply an empathetic and non-judgemental approach to situations
  • Enthusiasm and patience
  • Excellent time management and teamwork skills
  • Capacity to work on own initiative
  • Due to the nature of this work, flexible working is a feature of this role and evening and weekend work shall be required

Desirable Requirements/Skills

  • Relevant qualification (or working towards a qualification) in social care, special needs assisting, social science, psychology, youth work, nursing, pre-nursing etc.
  • Have the following training completed and in-date:
  • First Aid Training
  • Manual handling and People Moving Training
  • Children’s First Training
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Training
  • SAM: Safe Administration of Medication

Terms and Conditions:

  • Ad hoc Contract
  • €12.50 per hour
  • Probation period of 6 months
  • This post is subject to successful Garda clearance and two reference checks
  • Must complete mandatory training in the following (within the first month of beginning to work with MDI):
  • Manual handling and People Moving
  • Children’s First
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • First Aid
  • MDI General PA Induction Training including shadowing
  • Other training that may be relevant to the specific role
  • Due to the nature of the service, flexible working is a feature of this role and evening and weekend work may be required.

Please email your CV and Cover Letter to respite@mdi.ie.

Shortlisting will be applied, and phone interviews will take place early September

Click here for a printable version of the job description:   MDI Personal Assistant – Job Description

1. Muscular Dystrophies

  • Becker muscular dystrophy
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Manifesting carrier of Duchenne
  • Congenital muscular dystrophy
  •     •  General
  •     •  MDC1A (merosin-deficient congenital muscular dystrophy)
  •     •  Rigid spine syndrome (RSS)
  •     •  Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophies
  •     •  Bethlem myopathy
  • Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy
  • Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy
  • Limb-girdle types of muscular dystrophy (LGMD)
  •     •  General
  •     •  LGMD 1B (also known as Laminopathy)
  •     •  LGMD 1C (also known as Caveolinopathy)
  •     •  LGMD 2A (also known as Calpainopathy)
  •     •  LGMD 2B (also known as Dysferlinopathy)
  •     •  LGMD 2I
  • Ocular myopathies including ocularopharangeal muscular dystrophy

2. Myotonic Disorders

  • Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy
  • Myotonia
  • Myotonic Dystrophy

3. Congenital Myopathies

  • Central Core Myopathy
  • Congenital Fibre-type Disproportion Myopathy
  • Minicore (Multicore) myopathy
  • Myotubular or Centronuclear myopathy
  • Nemaline myopathy

4. Mitochondrial Myopathies

  • Mitochondrial Myopathies

5. Metabolic Disorders

  • Metabolic disorders (general)
  • McArdle’s Disease
  • Pompe’s Disease

6. Periodic Paralyses

  • Periodic Paralyses

7. Autoimmune Myositis

  • Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis and Sarcoid myopathy
  • Juvenile dermatomyositis
  • Inclusion body myositis

8. Spinal Muscular Atrophies

  • Severe (Type I)
  • Intermediate (Type II)
  • Mild (Type III)
  • Adult spinal muscular atrophy

9. Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathies

  • (Also known as Charcot-Marie-Tooth or Peroneal muscular atrophy)

10. Disorders of the Neuromuscular Junction

  • Congenital myasthenic syndromes
  • Myasthenia Gravis

11. Friedreich’s Ataxia

  • Friedreich’s Ataxia

12. Other (Please Specify)

13. Unspecified