Personal Care Services
Personal Care services offer assistance to clients, who have experienced a loss in their ability to perform the activities of daily living, to remain in a safe, clean and healthy home environment.
Activities of Daily Living
Activities of daily living refers to activities, including bathing, dressing, transferring, using the toilet, eating, and walking, which reflect clients’ capacity for self-care.

POLICY
DMV Home Support LLC provides Personal Care services to individuals in their own homes and communities, who need assistance with their activities of daily living as a result of old age, sickness, disability and/or other inflictions.

Personal Care services include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • assisting with eating, including:

preparing food for clients with eating difficulties by cutting or pureeing;
monitoring food and liquid intake;
following special diets;
observing eating behaviors; and,
monitoring eating safety risks such as swallowing and choking.

  • assisting with bathing including:

bed bathing;
sponge bathing;
tub bathing;
showering; and,
perineal care.

  • using bath equipment, including:

tub seat;
hydraulic tub seat; and,
hand-held shower wand.

  • assisting with tooth care including:

brushing permanent teeth;
flossing;
using rubber pick; or,
removing, cleaning, and inserting dentures.

  • assisting/providing grooming, including:

shaving with an electric or safety razor;
beard trimming; and,
applying make-up.

  • assisting/providing hair care, including:

brushing;
shampooing; and,
styling.

  • assisting with bowel regularity, including:

monitoring bowel movements and appearance;
following prescribed diets for bowel maintenance;
giving suppositories; and,
giving enemas.

  • assisting with transfers including:

one-person pivot transfer;
two person transfers;
using transfer belts;
using mechanical lifts; and,
using wheelchair, walker and/or cane.

  • assisting with self-administered medication, including:

reminding client to take medications;
placing medication within reach of the client;
providing water for oral medication;
opening pill bottles or dispensing medications from blister packs, which have been prepared by a Pharmacist;
storing medications; and,
reassuring the client that medication has been taken.

  • assisting/providing basic skin care, including:

washing and drying;
applying non-prescription body lotions or creams; and,
observing skin changes.
assisting with dressing including putting on support stockings, which do not require a physician’s prescription;

  • assisting with nail maintenance including;

soaking;
trimming;
pushing back cuticles; and,
filing, except as outlined in #3a.

  • emptying or changing external urinary collecting devices, including

catheter bags and supra-pubic bags.
encouraging clients to perform normal body movements, as tolerated;
encouraging clients to follow prescribed exercise programs;

  • assisting with prosthetics such as applying/removing/cleaning hearing aids and limbs;
  • assisting with menstrual care;
  • assistance with urinals, bedpans and/or commodes;
  • providing bowel and bladder incontinence care;
  • assisting with positioning in bed, wheelchair and other chairs;
  • assisting with positioning cradles, rolls and pillows;
  • assisting with transferring back and forth from bed, wheelchair, toilet and chair;
  • providing colostomy care and emptying ostomy bag; and,
  • emptying, cleaning, and changing urinary drainage bags.

Personal care services shall not include:

  • giving nail care to clients with circulatory problems or specific medical conditions such as diabetes and calluses;
  • dispensing medications unless the medications have been prepared by a Pharmacist and are placed in a blister pack;
  • inserting or removing tubes or objects into/out of body openings, including catheters;
  • assisting with the application anti-embolic or other pressure stockings, which require a Physician’s prescription;
  • administering syringe feedings, tube feedings and/or intravenous feedings;
  • performing passive range-of-motion exercises on clients;
  • taking verbal telephone orders from Physicians;
  • advising clients/families about diagnoses and/or treatment plans;
  • supervising other Personal Care Attendants; and,
    doing anything that is beyond the duties of a Personal Care Attendant.

These services do not require the supervision of a registered nurse and do not require a physician’s order.