Is personal care the same as homecare?

Is personal care the same as homecare?

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Dec, 2022 - 4mins
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Personal care involves assisting with tasks of personal nature, such as bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding, moving and handling, etc. Personal care can be provided in any care based setting such as at home and a care home. Home care is when care is provided to the service users in their own homes. It can be personal care or complex care, such as for people with dementia or in a coma.

What does personal care include?

The level of personal care a person needs will depend on their illness, mobility, and mental state.

Here’s the list of services you can expect to provide under personal care. 

  • Bathing assistance or bed baths
  • Dressing
  • Oral hygiene
  • Toilet assistance
  • Personal grooming (shaving, applying makeup, etc.)
  • Incontinence care
  • Applying lotions and creams as required
  • Changing position in bed to avoid bed sores
  • Stoma or catheter bag removal and maintenance

It’s important to adhere to the service user’s likes and dislikes when providing personal care. Carers must respect the routine of the service users, for example, whether the service user prefers to bathe in the morning before breakfast or shower before bed at night. The care worker will follow the service user’s schedule to provide care with comfort.

Qualities of a good care worker

An excellent personal care provider should be able to provide care with dignity and compassion. They must have the training to provide safe care with modesty since personal care includes services of private nature.

Personal care for someone with Dementia

People with dementia often need personal care, but supporting them can be challenging for the care workers. First, receiving support for bathing and dressing can cause anyone to feel embarrassed. Second, people living with dementia can often also experience confusion and anxiety. 

Specially trained care workers can identify anxiety triggers and pacify service users before the situation can escalate. They are trained to build a rapport with the care receiver through positive encouragement and reassurance.

Personal care for Stoma or Catheter

Some people need support for stomas or catheters, so they need care workers trained to remove, change, and maintain them. They may also need to change continence pads and clean intimate body parts. 

Catheters and stomas are uncomfortable, and their support is an intimate task. Care workers should have the skill to reassure the service user and provide support with comfort and dignity. In case of accidents, they should be able to change the service user into clean clothes and make them feel cared for and comfortable at all times.

How to arrange a care worker to help with personal care

Pair my Care connects you with trained and experienced care workers who understand the importance of providing care with dignity and compassion. They are trained to provide safe care with modesty since personal care includes services of private nature. 

Whether you require personal care at your home or in a care home, you can hire your preferred care worker through Pair my Care. You can choose a carer based on their profile, what their specialisations are, what age they are, the language they speak, and so much more!

So, choose the care worker that suits you and get the best personal care with satisfaction.

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