Personal care is a service designed for private hygiene. These services range from the individual needs and can assist with personal hygiene (bathing, grooming, dressing, showering, continence
management (toileting, catheters, etc.), immobility problems (mobile assistance), counseling and support (behavioral or psychological support), basic treatments (medication assistance, application to lotion/creams), or personal services such as dressing or wound change.
When receiving personal care, it is essential to notice the senior’s response to the service. Some individuals may feel uncomfortable receiving personal assistance from a family member; this is where a caregiver or home aid may arrive to help.
However, personal care is different than Companion Care but a part of Senior Care. Personal care refers to hands-on care such as bathing and toileting while companion care focuses on activities of daily living (ADL’s) and social needs. With personal care, the service can be performed anywhere in the healthcare field, from assisted living facilities to group homes while companion care can only be performed in an Individual Home Care setting.