Live in Carer and Housekeeper in Kensington
Family Description and Location
This is a lovely job working for a couple who own a beautiful home in Kensington. The lady of the house is in her late 60’s and has middle to late stage (early onset) Alzheimer’s. There is already a daily housekeeper in the house who does the majority of the housekeeping but also assists with the care of the lady of the house. The lady also has a companion that is with her in the day, but she is due to retire in the near future.
The client is looking for a carer who has significant experience of Alzheimer’s care, who would be able to live in, and who would be looking for a long-term position in the household. The job would require a large degree of flexibility both in the short term, and in terms of the changing requirements going forward as the client’s health deteriorates. The principal will need assistance with bathing, dressing, eating etc. but more help will be needed with such aspects over time. During the morning hours, when the other companion is present, your role may extend to other aspects of light housework.
The client is looking for an exceptionally patient, stable, kind and qualified carer/companion. It is essential that you have had experience caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia and are familiar with the evolving challenges of the condition. You will need to be patient, understanding, and compassionate. You also need to be resourceful, and able to take the initiative with organising things for the principle to do, if she would like to (so a knowledge of local activities or resources suitable for someone with Alzheimer’s, would be preferable). In addition, you will need to speak good English, and have a passport that will allow you to travel. This role will suit someone who has a mature attitude, is kind, intuitive, and looking for a long-term permanent job.
Days/Hours of Work and Salary
Salary will be in the region of £800 +++ net per week ( This is dependent on experience and working hours. )- The role comes with a self contained flat with a separate entrance. Initially the core hours will be 10am till 8pm with a break in the day. You will be asked to be on night duty if the principal’s husband travels (e.g four nights away per month) You would then get the next day off and another member of staff will cover you. Any overtime – by mutual agreement – would be obviously compensated. The candidate would need to be open minded about the possibility that these hours (10am-8pm) might change going forward
When applying for this vacancy, please quote;
Live In Housekeeper Kensington – TC616