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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.

Personal care can include, but is not limited to:

  • 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 need to be extra vigilant with your feet. We make sure you see Chiropodist frequently and follow up all appointments with Diabetic specialist.

  • Helping you to the toilet, including using a commode or bed pan

  • Changing continence pads, along with cleaning intimate areas

  • Support moving position in bed, to stretch and prevent bed sores

  • Changing or maintaining a stoma or catheter bag, or other form of clinical intervention

In getting to know you as a person, with your input and perhaps the family’s, 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.

Even though carers are trained to provide all aspects of personal care, there may be some things you’d prefer to do for yourself. To promote this, our cares are trained in Dignity and support to give you an opportunity   and encourage your independence wherever they can. They undertake extensive training where they always learn the importance of enabling your dignity and independence.

Other forms of 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.

Our carers support with other tasks in addition to personal care. In fact, some are they’re also trained in medication administration, 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 support we can offer you. Narach Health Care will visit you at home to discuss the options and arrange the type of support you’re looking for. Acknowledging and admitting that care is needed can be daunting. Let us put your mind at ease. We’re here to help, so call us today to discuss the options on 0127496964756/07833312524

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