Maintaining personal care hygiene in a
dignified and respectful manner
What is “personal care"?
Personal care is the support that involves a care professional and a client establishing physical contact.
This might involve personal duties like bathing, showering, applying creams and lotions, dressing, and toileting, as well as continence management and general laundry.
All personal care services are provided in the comfort and familiarity of your own home by a trusted Living at Home care professional.
A fully trained care professional follows your usual routines and ensures that help is tailored to your specific needs, providing discreet and professional personal care service in the manner that you prefer.
What are personal care services?
It also includes help with things like personal hygiene and toileting, as well as help with and supervision of things like getting dressed and grooming
These are some of the things that people who are older may need help and support with:
- Support moving position in bed, to stretch and prevent bed sores
- Bathing and showering assistance
- Applying lotions and creams as required
- Applying make-up, and hair care
- Dressing and getting ready for bed
- Shaving with an electric razor
- Changing continence pads, along with cleaning intimate areas
- Personal grooming
- Foot care, especially if your diabetes, necessitates extra caution.
- Oral hygiene
- Toilet assistance and incontinence care
- Helping you to the toilet, including using a commode or bedpan
- Changing or maintaining a stoma or catheter bag, or engaging in any other type of healthcare procedure
- Bed baths
We will work with you to develop a comprehensive care plan
As part of getting to know you as a person, your care plan will describe your likes and dislikes, the hygiene or beauty items you wish to use, and what you feel most comfortable with.
In your care plan, there will always be detailed instructions for how to do things like shaving and diabetic foot care. Each care professional has received extensive training in providing personal care services in a discreet and polite manner. They go through a lot of training to learn how to keep their dignity and promote your independence at all times.
Despite the fact that care professionals are trained to offer all elements of personal care services, you may choose to do certain things for yourself.
The care professional will actively encourage you to do as much for yourself as possible.
A skilled care professional will always give you space when you need it and will work to increase your independence wherever possible.
Personal care's advantages
Personal care assistance, whether it’s aid with dressing, bathing, or meals and medicines, may make a major difference in your quality of life.
We recognise that personal care services is personal to each person.
That’s why our care professionals are discreet and take the time to develop a deep relationship with our customers, ensuring a more personal experience.
Personal care service solutions
Personal care services, like other types of care services, are tailored to your specific requirements and habits.
If you like to wash before breakfast or take a bath before bed, a care professional would gladly follow your routine, allowing you to live your life as you choose.
You can choose to have a visiting care professional – someone who comes to your house at specific times of the day or even overnight – to offer the assistance you require with personal care services.
If you require continuing assistance, having a live-in care professional who lives with you and provides 24-hour care may be the best option.
Our care professionals are trained to
assist with other activities such as:
Help getting dressed
Medication prompting & support
Shopping & errands
Support with mobility
Organising personal care assistance for a family member
Personal care issues can be tough for a close friend or family member to handle, with some feeling uncomfortable about a shift in connection or undertaking more intimate responsibilities.
In situations like these, a care professional who is used to assisting with personal care may step in and assist much more easily.
To begin your journey of care and support…
Give the team a call
If you or a loved one think we can help, please contact Joanne and the team
Arrange a visit
We will visit you at your home to discuss the care and support needs.
Meet your new friend
We’ll arrange for home visits and reviews to ensure best care and support
Personal care services for someone living with dementia
It is normal for someone living with dementia to require assistance with personal care.
However, if that individual is suffering from anxiety and uncertainty about who they are, as well as shame and humiliation about more intimate activities like washing and dressing, this can be challenging.
We train our care professionals to attempt to identify any reasons for tension or ensuing hostility in someone who is living with dementia.
They provide gentle support and encouragement to put your loved one at ease.
Support for personal care with a catheter, stoma or other medical condition
You can still live independently and comfortably at home if you have a stoma or catheter.
Many of our care professionals are skilled in changing catheter bags, stomas, and various types of continence pads thanks to the Living at Home professional team who always put your dignity and comfort first.
Accidents might be upsetting, but your care professional will ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.
They’ll assist you in changing into clean clothing while keeping your dignity in mind.