For many people, the topic of Personal Care can be a sensitive topic and should be discussed with empathy, patience and understanding. Asking for help with personal tasks is something that is often seen as embarrassing, however, Personal Care can be one of the most important supports for people with a disability. It’s crucial to keep in mind that it’s ok to ask for help with personal care early when you need it.
In this blog, we discuss Personal Care and the benefits of Personal Care. We also provide information on who can provide you with Personal Care support, and why you should not feel embarrassed to ask for help.
What is Personal Care?
Personal Care is the support you may need to help you with your daily personal tasks. The following is a detailed list of tasks Personal Care supports:
– Grooming (including hair and oral care)
– Toileting which includes toileting and bowel or bladder management
– Personal hygiene
– Mobility (including transfers in and out of the bed)
Personal care is dynamic and task-specific, so it will change depending on your needs.
What are the Benefits of Personal Care?
Personal care can have a number of benefits for people with a disability. In general, Personal care can help to improve independence, social inclusion, health and wellbeing. Personal care can help with:
– Personal safety and security
– Dignity and self-respect
– Personal comfort and ease of mind
– Improved mental and physical health
-providing you with a greater sense of independence
Who will provide you with Personal Care?
Personal care can be provided by a number of people, depending on your needs and preferences. Occasionally, Personal Care is provided by a family member, however, it usually should be provided by an NDIS Support Worker or a Nurse. They’re specially trained to provide Personal Care in a way that best suits your needs. A few of the reasons why you should ask for the help of a professional for help with personal care includes:
– Personal Care can be a complex and demanding task and is usually best handled by a professional
– The Personal Carer will have the necessary skills and knowledge to provide you with the best possible care. They’ve received years of training and understand the best way to support you.
– It allows you to spend more quality time with your family and friends
– Personal Carers are experienced in providing support for people with disabilities, which can make them feel more comfortable and relaxed
– They’re available 24/7, which can provide you with the continuity of support you need
– Personal Carers can build a rapport with you, which can make you feel more comfortable and at ease
– They provide a range of additional services that may not be available from family.
– Personal Carers can help to ensure your care is provided consistently, which can offer you a sense of security and stability in your life.
Why You Shouldn’t Feel Embarrassed to Ask for Help With Personal Care?
It’s Ok to ask for help with Personal Care. It’s a vital support for many people and can offer a number of benefits. Personal carers are specially trained to provide care in a way that best suits your needs- so you can feel confident that you’re receiving the best possible attention.
If you’re feeling embarrassed or uncomfortable about asking for help with Personal Care, remember that you’re working with a professional. Carer’s love what they do and have the necessary skills and knowledge to provide you with the best possible care, and they’re available 24/seven.
Some of the qualities all Carers should possess include:
-Empathy – as you may feel overwhelmed at times and it’s important your carer can understand when you need help, even if you’re hesitant to ask
-Patience – as Personal Care can be a time-consuming task
-Compassion – for the work they do and the people they support
-Commitment – to providing Personal Care in a way that best suits your needs. Often you’ll be with the same Support Worker for a long time.
-Respect – for your privacy and dignity
-Flexibility – Personal Care often doesn’t go according to plan, so it’s important that your carer is willing to adapt the care plan according to your needs
-Responsibility & self-awareness- Personal Care can be a complex and demanding task, so it’s important that Personal Carers are willing to accept responsibility for their actions and recognise if or when they are falling short on providing you with the care you need.
-Communication – Personal care usually requires a lot of communication, so Personal Carers should be able to communicate clearly and compassionately
Any good NDIS provider will choose their Support Workers based on these qualities so there’s nothing to feel embarrassed or ashamed about. Personal Care is an important support for many people and it’s necessary to ensure you’re receiving the best possible attention you need. It should be provided by Carers with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide you with care in a way that best suits your requirements.
Contact us at OSAN
If you’re looking for Personal Care, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at OSAN Ability Assist. Our friendly staff will be more than happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have. We have some of the most talented NDIS Carers in the industry, and we’re confident that we can provide you with the support you need. Thank you for taking the time to read this post.