As you age, you might find that you need a little extra help with your day to day tasks. As your mobility declines, having some assistance in your home is vital in order to keep you safe and in good health. Many people might initially feel uncomfortable accepting help and this is generally even more so with Personal Care services.

What is Personal Care?

Personal care services are anything that physically assist you and help you to complete your normal day to day tasks. Help with your personal care may include the following:

  • Assistance showering (getting in and out of the shower or bath, as well as help with shower/washing routine)
  • Help getting dressed
  • Help with personal grooming, such as brushing your hair, shaving or putting on your make up
  • Assistance going to the toilet
  • Help eating your meals
  • Help getting in and out of bed each morning and night

Given the close and personal nature of these services, often people may wish to request a carer of a particular gender. It is important that you feel comfortable with your carer so that they can assist you with your daily needs without your feeling awkward or exposed in any way.

People who need a high level of personal care are generally recipients of higher level Home Care Packages. Those who have and Level 1 or 2 Home Care Package generally use their hours for cleaning, gardening, home maintenance and transport. A lot of families also choose to look after personal care requirements themselves.

Personal care may also include emotional and psychological help.

Who provides personal care services?

All Home Care providers offer personal care services.

When you’re choosing a Home Care provider, if personal care services are important to you, you should look for providers who specialise in this area.

Home Care workers are trained in personal care and will treat you with the utmost dignity and respect.

A quality provider will not only offer professional personal care services but will also ensure they are diligent in noting any changes in your health and your ability to stay safely at home. If they find that the current level of care is inadequate, your provider will help you to apply for a higher level of Home Care Package, or may recommend you supplement your Home Care with private services, or additional help from your family. Sometimes, if your needs have increased greatly, they may recommend that you consider moving into an Aged Care Home.

Find providers with excellent personal care services!

A CareAbout Adviser can help you find a quality Home Care provider in your area who meets your needs and your budget. Speak to us today. Our guidance is free for you and your family and can save you hours of time researching options.