What is personal care?
Personal care is the term used to describe support with the essential daily basic personal hygiene needs of your own body such as washing, showering or bathing, tooth care, brushing, styling and washing hair, using deodorant, talc or other body products, shaving, using continence products and using the toilet. It also includes other basic needs such as dressing to prevent cold or heat, putting on or/and taking off clothes and footwear, nutritional needs such as preparing and eating a meal or drinks. It can also include health needs such as taking medication.
Every individual has differing needs; you or your loved one may need the actual physical support of another person to be able to get up from bed, washed and dressed in the morning or it may just be advice or prompts of encouragement for emotional and psychological support that is needed rather than physically being helped. It may just be a simple reminder or a check by asking a question that is needed.