Living independently is a challenge for seniors if they don’t have support with managing day-to-day routines. This includes a spectrum of personal care needs, which become more difficult to complete as physical and mental abilities decline over time.
Georgetown Home Care provides experienced, compassionate, and licensed caregivers who match our range of home management and personal care services to our clients’ needs.
Personal care services can be provided on a part-time or full-time basis. They can take place as check-ins a few times a week for a few hours at a time, or can become a part of a live-in care provider’s plan.
Over time, personal care services may evolve in response to a client’s changing needs and preferences.
What Are Personal Care Services?
Personal care services encompass a range of personal hygiene, bathing, grooming, and toileting services.
Read in more detail about personal care services offered by Georgetown Home Care.
Long before seniors progress to mid- or later stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s they begin to forget “the little things.”
Daily medication doses are often forgotten altogether or – more dangerous – a senior who isn’t sure if s/he forgot to take medication may take a repeat dose more than once “just to be sure,” and this can have serious consequences.
Upon request, personal care services can include medication reminders.
Should you wish to use medication reminder services, we may also be able to handle the calling in and/or picking up of prescription refills, even scheduling doctor’s appointments as needed so medications can be reviewed and refilled.
For some people, daily medications are a literal lifesaver. Adhering to daily medication instructions contributes to overall physical health and well-being.
The bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in the home.
Above and beyond cleanliness and hygiene issues, support with bathing keeps seniors safe and free from unnecessary injuries that lead to hospital stays or surgical interventions.
After your in-home consultation, our team would be happy to make recommendations about how to create a safer and more accessible bathroom. Just ask us for assistance and our team can help with all, or some, of these changes.
We’ll help seniors enter and leave the bath/shower safely, and can perform bathing rituals for them as needed.
Grooming and Toileting
Forgoing basic daily grooming habits – like brushing hair and teeth, changing clothes, shaving, keeping nails trimmed neatly, etc. – often fall by the wayside as we age.
In fact, a notable absence of grooming habits is often a sign indicating a senior needs additional support to live independently.
Grooming and toileting services include:
- Applying makeup, lotion, perfume, etc.
- Keeping nails neatly clipped and filed (and painted)
- Help with teeth brushing
- Cleaning ears and keeping ear/nose hair trimmed
- Getting seniors safely into and out of the bathroom, onto and off of the toilet, and/or changing adult diapers
All of these processes become difficult or impossible when you can’t see or move as well as you were once able.
Our caregivers are happy to help with all of the basics. Grooming and toileting services are an antidote to loneliness, lower self-confidence, and depression because they help seniors “feel like themselves” again.
Most of us take dressing for granted, but it’s challenging and frustrating to don fresh, clean clothes every day when mobility issues, physical restrictions, or dementia are present.
Even the loss of weight as the result of aging or age-related health conditions can make it impossible to wear nice, clean clothes that fit.
Upon request, we can arrange additional services like inventorying closets and removing clothes that no longer fit. Just ask, and our caregiving team will make sure your loved one is dressed in clean, comfortable clothes each day and that his/her clothes match the weather and daily itinerary.
We’ll do the laundry, lay out fresh pajamas for the evening, and can also provide shopping services to replace older, or ill-fitting clothes and undergarments with new options that fit attractively and comfortably.
Many of the things we do to ready ourselves each day require physical transfers – from a bed to standing, from standing to sitting, from one room to another, from the bathroom to the wheelchair, etc.
If mobility, strength and/or balance are an issue – these routine transfers become trickier – or impossible.
Homecare aides facilitate safe transfers throughout the daily bathing and grooming rituals, allowing seniors to remain as autonomous and independent as possible – but always there to provide a hand or complete support as needed to prevent slips or falls.
Gain Peace Of Mind With Personal Care Services
Providing daily personal care services to your loved one can have invaluable benefits, including improved mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
A simple consultation and in-home assessment are all that’s required to determine whether you or a senior loved one would benefit from personal care and hygiene services.
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You can reach out to us at any time without ANY pressure to commit to our services. Simply complete the form below so that we can learn more about your unique situation and share how our caregivers can improve the quality of your life!