Personal and nursing care may be an option if you need support to live comfortably and safely at home.
Personal care means anything done for you that's of a personal nature. This may include:
- personal hygiene - bathing, showering, hair washing, shaving, oral hygiene and nail care
- continence management - toileting, catheter/stoma care, skin care, incontinence laundry and bed changing
- food and diet - help with eating, special diets and food preparation
- immobility problems - dealing with being immobile or substantially immobile
- counselling and support - behaviour management, psychological support and reminding devices
- simple treatments - assistance with medication (like eye drops), application of creams and lotions, simple dressings and oxygen therapy
- personal assistance - help with dressing, surgical appliances, prostheses, mechanical and manual aids, help getting in and out of bed and using hoists
Nursing care involves the knowledge and skills of a qualified nurse. It might include care like administering injections or managing pressure sores.
The information was last updated on: 8th May 2015