Personal Care Services
Supporting your independence with compassion
Personal care is available for daily tasks that you are now unable to do, such as bathing, showering, dressing and toileting, all in the comfort of your own home. Working to your regular routines, your personal carer will ensure that you get all the support that you need, tailored to your specific needs. Your fully trained carer will deliver you an exemplary level of care which is perfect for you. We believe in the importance of seeing a familiar face on a regular basis, especially when it comes to personal care.
What is personal care?
Personal care is the term used to refer to supporting people with personal hygiene and toileting alongside maintaining personal appearance. Because of the increased physical interaction and potential for complexity when providing personal care, we ensure that your loved one’s care plan is tailored to their individual needs in order to allow them to achieve their end goal.
Our Personal care services cover :
- Bathing and showering, including bed-baths
- Applying lotions and creams as required
- Dressing and getting ready for bed
- Oral hygiene
- Applying make-up, and hair care
- Support with shaving
- Foot care, especially if you are diabetic and need to be extra vigilant with your feet, we are unable to cut toe nails, but will liaise with your chiropodist if you wish.
- Helping you to the toilet, including using a commode or bed pan
- Changing continence pads, along with cleaning intimate area
- Support moving position in bed, to stretch and prevent bed sore
- Changing or maintaining a stoma or catheter bag, or another form of clinical intervention.
Getting to know your loved one, their likes and dislikes, the hygiene or beauty products they like to use will be taken into consideration whilst assembling your care plan. Particular tasks such as a nail or foot care will be outlined with instructions for your carer.
Each and every carer is specially trained, to the same level as one at a residential care home, and will be respectful to your personal preferences. Before working with you, your personal carer will have received extensive training when they learnt the importance of enabling your dignity and independence at all times.
Carers are there to give you all of the support that you need, but somethings you may prefer to do yourself. Your carer will respect this and will try to encourage your independence in every way possible in order to achieve your own personal goal.
The options for personal care
Like all forms of care, your care plan will be built around your personal preferences, individual needs and daily routines. If you want to bathe when you wake up or just before you go to bed your personal carer will happily follow your schedule, allowing you to live the way that suits you.
With home care, you have a choice of either a visiting carer, someone who visits you at set times of the day or overnight to provide you with the support that you need. On the other hand if you require a more intense level of support or more ongoing support you can receive live in care in which a carer lives at home with you.
Many carers will support you with a lot of things other than personal care.
These tasks could include:
- Getting to know clients and their interests and needs.
- Helping clients manage their budget, pay bills and write letters
- Food preparation, feeding and giving out medication.
- Carrying out general tasks like housework, laundry and shopping.
- Supporting families to get used to new caring responsibilities
Carers can also help those with limited mobility move around the home safely and can prepare meals, complete chores and even offer companionship and become more like a friend the longer you spend together.
Arranging support for a loved one.
Sometimes personal care can be quite an uncomfortable and demanding task for a close family member to carry out for a loved one, as it is a lot of responsibility, with some feeling awkward about a change in the relationship.
In these instances, it can be much easier to have a trained professional who is accustomed to supporting with personal care to come to your loved one’s house and step in. Choosing a carer that your loved one is comfortable with is vital whether they are male, female, young or old- means that carer becomes a regular friendly face for your loved one to rely on whilst offering gentle encouragement and a little bit of extra support.
Our personal care can include help with:-
- Washing and dressing
- Dental hygiene
- Help with hearing aids
- Applying surgical stockings
- Continence management
- Assisting with pad changes
- Support with Medication
- Chiropodist visits
- Washing hair
- Skin care
- Help getting up
- Help going to bed
- Waking night