Daily living is made easier with personal care services. The goal of personal care is to render hands-on assistance to personal care tasks that are necessary to sustain daily living. PCAs can assist clients in their activities of daily living, allowing them to live comfortably and conveniently at home. We make sure to provide our services with the utmost professionalism and without compromising the dignity and independence of the clients under our supervision. If you’re looking for a reliable PCA, you can count on Restoring Harmony HomeCare to match you with the best care provider who can help you age in place or recover successfully.
We provide assistance in the following tasks:
- Assist with bathing/showering: Sponge baths, tub bathing, and sitting/standing showers
- Skin care: A home service worker may perform general skin care assistance. Preventative skin care may be performed by a home service worker only when the skin is unbroken, and when any chronic skin problems are not active. This includes the application of non-medicated lotions and solutions, or of lotions and solutions not requiring a physician’s prescription.
- Ambulation: A home service worker may assist clients with ambulation when the client is comfortable with walking on his or her own with the adaptive equipment.
- Dressing: A home service worker may assist clients with dressing. This may include assistance with ordinary clothing and the application of support stockings of the type that can be purchased without a physician’s prescription.
- Feeding: Assistance can be provided when the client can independently swallow, can be positioned upright, and when the client is not in high-risk of choking.
- Mobility and routine exercise: Home Service Workers may provide passive assistance with exercise which includes the encouragement of normal bodily movement, as tolerated on the part of the client, and the encouragement with a prescribed exercise program. Home service workers may also assist with positioning when there are no medical issues with the client’s skin. Basic positioning includes simple alignment in bed, wheelchair, or other furniture. Person Care Assistants may assist with transfers only when the client has sufficient balance and strength to reliably stand and pivot and assist with the transfer to some extent. Adaptive and safety equipment may be used in transfers when directed and when the staff is trained on its use, provided that the client is fully trained in the use of the equipment and can direct the transfer step by step.
- Hair care: A home service worker may assist clients with the maintenance and appearance of their hair. This includes shampooing with non-medicated shampoo or shampoo that does not require a physician’s prescription, drying, combing, and styling hair.
- Mouth care: A home service worker may assist and perform mouth care. This may include denture care and basic oral hygiene, including oral suctioning for mouth care on a conscious client.
- Nail care: A home service worker may assist with nail care. This assistance may include soaking of nails, pushing back cuticles without utensils, and filing of nails on clients that do not have a medical condition that might involve peripheral circulatory problems or loss of sensation.
- Positioning: A home service worker may assist a client with positioning when the client is able to identify to the personal care staff either verbally, non-verbally, or through others when the position needs to be changed. Positioning may include simple alignment in a bed, wheelchair, or other furniture.
- Shaving: A home service worker may assist a client with shaving only with an electric or a safety razor.
- Assistance with restroom needs including toileting: Home service workers may assist a client to and from the bathroom; provide assistance with bedpans, urinals, and commodes; provide pericare; or change clothing and pads of any kind used for the care of incontinence.
- a. A Personal Care Assistant may empty or change external urine collection devices, such as catheter bags or suprapubic catheter bags.
- b. Home service workers may empty ostomy bags and provide assistance with other client-directed ostomy care only when there is no need for skilled skin care or observation or reporting to a nurse.
- Special diets, cooking and meal preparation
- Transfers: A home service worker may assist with transfers only when the client has sufficient balance and strength to reliably stand and pivot and assist with the transfer to some extent. Adaptive and safety equipment may be used in transfers, provided that the client is fully trained in the use of the equipment and can direct the transfer step by step. Adaptive equipment may include, but is not limited to, wheelchairs, tub seats, and grab bars. Gait belts may be used as a safety device for the home service worker as long as the worker has been properly trained in their use. In general, home service workers may not assist with transfers when the client is unable to assist with the transfer. Home services workers may assist clients in the use of a mechanical or electrical transfer device only when the following conditions are met:
- a. The home services worker must have been trained in the use of the mechanical or electrical transfer device by the licensed agency;
- b. The client or client representative must be able to direct the transfer step by step; and
- c. The agency must have conducted a competency evaluation of the worker using the type of device.
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