Personal Care: From Lipstick to Lawrence Welk

An in-home caregiver from a high quality home care agency should make sure that their client is not only safe and secure, but provided with the everyday comforts that they expect and deserve. Just because a senior may suffer from dementia, for example, doesn’t mean that they won’t enjoy their regular cup of tea at bedtime. Or that a former kindergarten teacher won’t like going to the park sometimes to watch the children play. Choices in makeup, music, dessert: all are the unique essentials that make an individual who they are.

A sensitive in-home caregiver is aware of all this and more. Clients and their families are asked numerous questions upon their arrival at the agency, in an attempt not only to ascertain the appropriate routines and medical reminders necessary, but also to build a picture. Who is this person? What will they need to feel safe, and happy, and cared for? What things are important to remember in creating a customized care plan for this client that will be successful?

These details are critical not just for the client without cognitive impairment, but perhaps even more important to the one with a diagnosis of dementia or other reduction in functioning. In those cases, it’s essential to create a warm, peaceful environment, free of the stresses that come from the unfamiliar or disliked that might exacerbate their symptoms.

After all, personal care isn’t just about a caregiver helping with a shaky sense of balance or the complicated medical regimens of a Parkinson’s diagnosis. They are about remembering to bring out the pink lipstick and help apply it if necessary before a trip to the oncologist, or purchasing the client’s favorite magazines at the store. Good in-home caregiving is more than custodial. It’s personal.