What is Personal Care?
Personal Care includes all services such as:
- Oral Hygiene
- Incontinence care
- Ambulation and mobility
- Transferring from bed to chair and back, etc.
“I WANT TO DO IT ALL MYSELF”
We can all relate to those words, first heard from young children as they savour their newfound ability to function independently. Clearly that sense of wanting to be independent and self-reliant doesn’t go away with disability or as we get older. The process of helping people retain their dignity and self-worth as their care needs increase is a delicate walk.
At NASC, we recognise that no matter the situation or age, there is a strong desire to be able to continue to manage one’s own personal care, particularly in the areas of bathing, toileting, dressing, and grooming. Family members may also struggle when confronted with the need to step in and assist a loved one with, or perform tasks related to personal hygiene. Understanding the sensitivity around privacy and modesty is the first step in successfully assisting with personal care.
Our personal care staff are hired based on their experience, knowledge and ability to demonstrate sensitivity and empathy with our clients. An in-depth interview by our managers prior to hire, consists of several “situational” questions and helps to assure that our personal care staff are well-suited for their work in the home.
A TEAM APPROACH
Our approach to personal care services is to encourage self-care to the extent possible by providing guidance, cueing and assistance at the minimal level required. The goal is for clients to continue to perform as many of their personal care tasks as possible, with caring assistance. Patience and allowing ample time to complete personal care are key to a successful relationship between client and caregiver.