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What Skills Matter Most for Senior Personal Care?

What Skills Matter Most for Senior Personal Care?

Physical Assistance

Personal care is typically distinguished from companion care by tasks involving physical assistance. These include things like dressing and grooming, bathing and toileting, mobility assistance, or help transferring from one position to another.

Any time that a caregiver provides physical assistance, they need to ensure the client’s safety and comfort. This requires more skill than many people realize.

So if you’re hiring personal care services, it’s important that you find a care provider who can keep your loved one safe and comfortable.

Cleanliness & Hygiene

Many individuals who receive personal care are at increased risk of bacterial or viral infections.
If an infection occurs, many of them are also at increased risk of hospitalization.

Caregivers can help prevent infections in elderly adults by maintaining high standards of cleanliness and hygiene. They take care to frequently clean and sanitize their hands. They help clients maintain high standards for personal hygiene. And if they become sick, they quarantine themselves from care recipients.

Personal care is only one part of preventing infections among care recipients. But it’s vital that you choose a care provider who understands the role of cleanliness and hygiene.

Knowledge & Awareness

If you speak with caregivers or care administrators, they’ll tell you how important knowledge is to care providers.

One area where this knowledge proves useful is client monitoring. As caregivers tend to their clients, they monitor for changes in behavior, cognition, coordination, strength, emotional wellness, and other areas. This way, they can detect signs of decline early and alert the client or the client’s family.

Many of these changes are subtle or gradual, so they go unnoticed without a caregiver present. But with a knowledgeable and observant personal care provider, they’re less like to go undetected.

Well-informed caregivers also know how to respond in unusual and urgent situations. Many caregivers have the basic skills for day-to-day caregiving, but when the unexpected happens, you want an experienced and knowledgeable professional.

Communication & Compassion

The best caregivers have excellent interpersonal skills, and personal care providers are no exception.

Think about some of the activities that personal care entails. Few people feel comfortable dressing, bathing, or going to the bathroom with the assistance of another person. It takes an extraordinary level of respect, understanding, and care to put clients at ease during these activities. The best personal care providers possess these qualities in spades.

Skilled caregivers are also capable communicators, both with their clients and their clients’ families.

Caregivers who communicate poorly will often leave clients confused about why certain care tasks are being performed or feeling like their wishes and preferences aren’t being considered. Proper caregiver-client communication can resolve these issues, improving quality of care.

It’s also important that caregivers communicate with family members of their clients. Without adequate communication, problems can go unreported, important care tasks can go unperformed (or get performed twice), and trust between care providers and family members might erode. Active communication will ensure that everyone is on the same page and working toward the same goals.

For more information on senior personal care, contact Senior Home Care by Angels Hamilton-Wentworth.    Click Here  Or Call 289-217-5313

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