Personal care is available for any daily tasks you may need support with, such as bathing, showering, applying creams and lotions, dressing, and toileting, all in the comfort of your own home.
Working to your regular routines, and ensuring that support is tailored to your specific requirements, a fully trained carer or support worker offers discreet and professional personal care in the way that’s most comfortable to you.
We believe in the importance of continuous service and the same familiar faces, especially when it comes to personal care. Speak to us to find out more about how we can support you or a loved one.
What is personal care?
Personal care is a broad term used to refer to supporting with personal hygiene and toileting, along with dressing and maintaining your personal appearance.
It can cover, but is not limited to:
Bathing and showering, including bed-baths
Applying lotions and creams as required
Dressing and getting ready for bed
Applying make-up, and hair care
Support with shaving
Foot care, especially if you are diabetic need to be extra vigilant with your feet
Helping you to the toilet, including using a commode or bedpan
Changing continence pads, along with cleaning intimate areas
Support moving position in bed, to stretch and prevent bedsores
Changing or maintaining a stoma or catheter bag, or another form of clinical intervention
In getting to know you as a person, your care plan will outline your likes and dislikes, the hygiene or beauty products you want to use, and what – and who – you feel most comfortable with. Particular tasks, such as cutting nails, shaving, and diabetic foot care, will always be outlined in your support plan with specific instructions for your carer.
Each carer is expertly trained to provide personal care in a way that is discreet and respectful of your personal boundaries. They undertake extensive training where they learn the importance of enabling your dignity and independence at all times.
Even though carers are trained to provide all aspects of personal care, there may be some things you’d prefer to do for yourself. A good carer will always give you space when you want it and encourage your independence wherever they can.
The options for personal care
Like all forms of care, support with personal care is built completely around your individual needs and personal routines. If you like to wash before breakfast or have a bath before going to bed, a carer will happily follow your schedule, letting you live the way you want.
With home care, you have the choice of having a visiting carer – someone who visits at set times of the day or even overnight – to provide the support you need. If you require ongoing support, it may be best to have a live-in carer, living at home with you to provide 24-hour care. Read more about what life in care covers here.
Many carers support with other tasks in addition to personal care. In fact, they’re also trained to administer medication, help those with limited mobility to move safely around the home (especially using hoists and supports) and can prepare meals, complete household chores, and even offer companionship, ongoing support, and encouragement.
Please get in touch with our team to find out more about what a carer can support. Your local Helping Hands specialist can visit you at home to discuss the options and arrange the type of support you’re looking for.
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