Personal care is an umbrella term commonly used to define the range of services put in place to support an individual with personal hygiene and toileting, along with dressing and maintaining your personal appearance.
Why is personal care important?
Personal care helps maintain a person's dignity, health and wellbeing. Good hygiene and personal care reduces the risk of infection and illness, it can also prevent pre-existing conditions from getting worse.
It is particularly important that as a care assistant you adopt a sensitive and compassionate approach in all aspects of your work. Many service users may feel considerable embarrassment or frustration in having to receive personal care.
Personal preferences will be included in a service users notes - how someone wants their hair to look, how they want to dress and how a woman wants their make-up applied are intensely personal decisions and as a care assistant you should always try to respect their wishes.