What Is Personal Care?

Personal care describes the assisting of those unable to handle necessary everyday tasks such as bathing, dressing, cooking and handling body functions on their own. Personal care is not provided by nurses, but by trained caregivers. There are also personal care homes that provide residential personal care assistance to those who need it.

Personal care helps the elderly and those with physical, behavioral or cognitive disabilities. A Medicaid-approved personal care worker must be at least 18 years of age, completely mobile, and able to read, write and speak English. Personal care workers paid through Medicaid must also have no felonies on their records and no convictions involving abuse of adults or children.

Personal care homes are privately owned or operated by a government or non-profit agency. A personal care home is an alternative for individuals who need assistance but don't need to be in a nursing home or hospital. A personal care home may hold anywhere from a few people to hundreds. Personal care homes should be licensed for best results, and it's advisable for those seeking a personal care home to visit the home at different times of the day to observe the schedules, the meals provided and the way the staff interacts with residents.