This type of homecare can be referred to as custodial care. It a type of care that is non-medical in nature and involves assisting their clients with daily living tasks. Some of these tasks can include helping them use the bathroom, take a bath, or shower, getting in and out of bed, dressing, and more. When you are a non-medical homecare worker, you may also have to help with the preparations of their meals and may include feeding them. Although it is personal in nature, it does not require you to be a trained health care professional or nurse.
You do not need knowledge of health or medical care or extensive training but you will need to have organizational skills, patience, physical strength, stamina, and compassion. All of these traits go into being a successful non-medical homecare worker. The client you work for at one time was a strong individual who was able to take care of themselves but now has to depend on someone else to help them with their basic personal needs. This is why you need compassion to understand how they feel having to depend on someone else to help them with basic grooming, turning them in bed so they do not get bedsores, making sure that they are clean and fed, and more.
Many times your clients will have trouble moving about on their own so they may need help walking to the bathroom, getting up from their chair, or out of bed. You may also be required to help them perform exercises to help them maintain or improve their function and strength, improve their balance, or increase their range of motion after a stroke or a fall. If these exercises do not require the help of a physical or rehabilitation specialist you can help with them.
This type of homecare may also involve just sitting and listening to your client talk, read a book to them, taking them out to their doctor’s appointment, or for a short drive. Some clients enjoy their care worker to have a meal or watch a television program with them. This can all be part of the job. When helping them with their bathing you are there to help ensure that they do not fall, that they have their hair washed if they cannot do it themselves or even do the actual bathing. If they cannot do it you may have to comb their hair or brush their teeth.
Being a non-medical homecare worker can be a very rewarding job but it can also be hard at times.