For clients requiring a higher level of physical assistance, personal care includes all available services under companion care, plus specialised assistance with one or more of the six basic Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
Because of the increased physical interaction and potential for complexity when providing personal care, Right at Home requires all of our carers to have FETAC Level 5 in Health Care or equivalent level training and experience, affording an added level of assurance that they understand how to interact safely with a frail older person. However, there is more to providing quality personal care than safety alone.
At Right at Home, we recognise that, no matter the 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.