Personal care is designed to help seniors maintain their independent lifestyle for as long as possible. Similar to assisted living, it’s a type of nonmedical care for active older adults who need a helping hand with daily tasks.
What Do Caregivers Do?
A caregiver providing personal care may come to a senior’s home for a few hours a day, a few days a week, or more frequently. This person helps the senior with bathing and dressing, shopping for groceries and food preparation, managing their medications, getting to medical appointments or other activities of daily life.
Why Choose a Community that Provides Personal Care?
Living in a personal care community enhances overall quality of life, and not just for the individual who receives it. It enables family members to set aside their caregiving responsibilities and focus on the relationship with their loved one again.
For a senior, a community setting opens up opportunities to make new friends and try new activities. It’s also typically a safer living space, since the physical design of a community is geared for older adults. Bathrooms, kitchens, hallways, and shared spaces are modified with safety features that might not normally be found in a residential home. Communities also have staff on call 24/7, so families can have peace of mind knowing medical help is always available in case of an emergency.
Communities providing personal care offer a host of services and amenities that make a senior’s life easier. While these vary from one community to another, at Brandon Wilde, they include on-site amenities such as a wellness center and indoor heated saltwater pool, and services such as a concierge housekeeping, chef-prepared meals and scheduled transportation.
Personal care is tailored to the individual. As health needs change, the level of care can be adjusted accordingly. And if an individual is affected by a condition such as Alzheimer’s or other form of cognitive decline, they don’t have to leave the community if it offers memory care.
Caregivers: What to Expect
The personal care aide should be licensed, trained and equipped to provide the full range of nonmedical care a senior may need. They help with a range of tasks such as lifting or supporting a senior to stand, bathing, hygiene and personal care, light household chores or preparing nourishing meals. You should expect a caregiver to:
- Dress and behave in a professional manner
- Arrive on time and be reliable
- Follow the plan of care
- Perform tasks to a high standard
- Undergo regular training
Caregivers: Going Above and Beyond
What do caregivers do to provide the best personal care? You’ll find the answer at Brandon Wilde, where our personal care staff includes LPNs and nursing assistants. They conduct themselves professionally at all times, and take pride in getting to know the people they care for.
While we hire people with the very best qualifications, we also look for those who demonstrate real compassion and friendliness in their work. Our caregivers are enthusiastic about working with seniors, and customize their care according to each person’s needs. And because those needs can change from day to day, our caregivers are trained to respond professionally and flexibly so they deliver the best care at the right time.
What’s Personal Care Like at Brandon Wilde?
It’s guided by what most benefits the senior. We start with a personalized plan and maintain ongoing wellness evaluations so we can address any changes right away. We partner with seniors and their families at every step, and encourage them to voice concerns or ask about any aspect of care.
Our personal care suites are intended to help a person live independently for as long as they can. These private residences are well designed for safety and accessibility, but more than that, they’re home: comfortable and spacious, and ideal for entertaining, relaxing and living.
Residents control when, how often, and what kind of help they need at home. Because personal care suites are located in the same building as independent living apartment homes, there’s convenient access to community dining venues, services, amenities, and events and activities.
With our full continuum of on-campus care, there’s also a plan for the future. In addition to personal care, we provide memory care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing. If a senior’s health requires more than what personal care can provide, these levels of care are already here, so there’s no need to move again.
You don’t have to live at Brandon Wilde to benefit from our personal care services as its open to all area seniors. Contact us using the form on this page or call 706-868-3557 for more details.