What Is Personal Care

Read this article to find out what personal care is, what it includes, and how it can help you live a more comfortable and independent life at home.

Haisey Home Care
July 3, 2024
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What Is Personal Care


Home Care Packages include different types of home care services and support. One of the most important types of support for seniors is personal care.

But what is personal care exactly?

Personal care services include help with daily tasks, self-care, and personal hygiene. 

This aged care program helps elderly people stay independent at home. They can do so with tailored personal care services.

Are you wondering if personal care at home is the right solution for you or your loved one? If that's the case, read this article to get all the necessary details on Home Care Package services.

What Are Personal Care Services?

Personal care services (PCS) are special services provided through Home Care Packages

They're for senior citizens and people with special needs and health conditions.

These services can include various types of support. For example, bathing, medication reminders, dressing, grooming, and companionship.

Caregivers can provide personal care services in the patient's home. You can also receive personal care in a nursing home, an assisted living facility, or a hospital.

Personal care comes with many benefits for both the patient and their family members. Healthcare professionals can help patients maintain their independence, safety, and well-being.

Aside from meeting personal care needs, family members can rest assured that their loved one is in good hands.

A list of personal care services and what they typically include

But what is personal care in aged care?

It can be anything the elderly individual needs help with. For instance, showering, dressing, feeding, continence management, etc.

PCS can be provided by the following healthcare professionals:

  1. Registered nurses
  2. Home Care Package providers
  3. Trained caregivers
  4. Medical practitioners

What Types of Personal Care Services Are Available?

What is included in personal care depends on the Home Care Package level you have been assigned to.

In most cases, they include help with daily activities and everything you need for a normal life.

Here are some personal care services examples:

  • Personal hygiene
  • Meal preparation and feeding
  • Help with daily tasks
  • Medication reminders
  • Continence care
  • Help with mobility 

Personal care can be and usually is tailored to the individual needs of the patient. 

The aim is to help the patient maintain a healthy level of self-sufficiency.

When it comes to personal hygiene, the services vary depending on the Home Care Package level. The patient's current health situation, needs, and preferences also matter.

Some of the most common types of personal hygiene services include:

  • Bathing/showering
  • Grooming
  • Help with personal appearance
  • Dressing
  • Toileting
  • Applying make-up

Who Is Eligible for Personal Care?

People who receive personal care through Home Care Packages can't take care of themselves. Reasons for this can include age, illness, physical disability, or other conditions. 

Applying for a Home Care Package is a lengthy process, which includes a waiting period. But before you are even put on the waiting list, you must be eligible.

To be eligible for Home Care Package funding, you need to be one of the following:

  1. At least 65 years old
  2. Between 16 and 64 years old, with a physical or mental condition that prevents you from performing everyday tasks
  3. Under 16 years old, with a disability

The exact requirements for eligibility depend on your Home Care Package level.

If you want to check if you are eligible for PCS, you can:

Once you find out you are eligible, you can choose a Home Care Package provider. Your provider will help you come up with a home care plan that meets all your needs.

An explanation of the factors that determine your eligibility for personal care

How Much Does Personal Care Cost in Australia?

Determining the exact price of personal care is challenging. The price can depend on many factors. 

In Australia, Home Care Packages are funded by the government. 

In other words, you can use the HCP funding to pay for a variety of services.

There are four Home Care Package levels you can be assigned to. They range from basic care needs to more complex health requirements. 

The Home Care Package level you are assigned to will determine how much funding you will receive. 

Home Care Package fees can also depend on your current health and your source of income.

Unlike other providers, Haisey Home Care has no hidden fees, daily charges, or exit fees. 

We also have a low flat rate on the total price while offering more hours of care per week.

Get the Support You Need

Personal care plays a necessary role in supporting people who need specialised care. 

Anyone who can't complete everyday tasks can use personal care. It doesn't matter if it's because of old age or a debilitating condition.

Instead of struggling with daily challenges, let healthcare providers assist you. You will be able to get back on your feet in no time.

Haisey Home Care aims to enable its clients to live happy, fulfilling lives. You don't have to give up your independence just because you reached a certain age. 

We offer a wide selection of care services tailored to meet the unique needs of the patient. If you want to know more about our services, don't hesitate to contact us

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