Our carers are sensitive to individual dignity. All support is provided with respect, and in a private and secure setting.
Assistance may include the following:
- Bathing/showering, sponging in bed
- Assistance with dressing and undressing
- Clothing selection
- Grooming – hair, shaving
- Teeth/denture cleaning
- Application of appropriate aids and splints such as TED stockings, glasses, dentures, hearing aids, etc.
- Prompting to consume medication(s) from a Webster Pack or dosette
- Maintenance of skin integrity
- Changing of continence products
- General tidy-up of bathroom following showers
- Change of catheter drainage bags and appropriate disposal as specified in the Care Plan
- Application and/or removal of condom drainage system
- Bowel monitoring
- Assistance with clothing adjustment post-toilet
- Monitoring of client safety – no standing in shower/adjusting water temperature/non-slip mat/rails/appropriate seating/hand-held shower
- Fostering independence
- Adjusting room temperature to ensure comfort
Escorting to Appointments
- All Simply Helping carers who transport clients have a current drivers licence and a registered and roadworthy vehicle.
- Carers, when transporting clients, will use an appropriate car that clients are able to easily transfer in and out of.
- May include, but not exclusive to medical, allied health and hydrotherapy sessions.
- Our carers will monitor nutritional intake and report any concerns or obvious weight loss/gain.
- Assess that there’s adequate amounts of food available (fresh/frozen and not passed used-by-dates)
- Meal preparation, comfortable positioning of the client so they can eat a meal or assist them to eat, if necessary.
- If receiving Meals-on-Wheels, ensure that the meals are eaten and containers are disposed of.
- Ensure that adequate fluids are within the client’s reach and available to them throughout the day.
- Our carers can only prompt clients to take medication. The carer must allocate medication to clients directly from prescription bottles.
- Check that medication has been taken when prompted and observe that they have been taken.
- Monitor if and when medications are getting low and notify the family or the client’s brokerage care manager.
- Simply Helping carers may need to collect the next medication pack from the client’s pharmacy.
- If it is the carer’s instructions to prompt medications, ensure that the medications are kept in the designated place, or as directed by the Care Plan.
- It is the responsibility of the carer to report immediately any evidence of the client not taking medication correctly or if there are discrepancies in medication.
Support can be a 15 minute check to 24 hour care or more, depending on the wishes and needs of the client.