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Personal Care and Support (Wales) Policy

This policy describes {{org_field_name}}’s approach to its care and support delivery in line with Regulation 21: Standards of Care and Support — Overarching Requirements of the Regulated Services (Service Providers and Responsible Individuals) (Wales) Regulations 2017 (Version 2 2019) and the following regulations, which emphasise that people using services should:

{{org_field_name}} works to a definition of personal care as follows:

Policy Statement

Every person receiving our service has the right to receive high-quality personal care and support from our staff that is flexible, consistent, reliable and above all responsive to their changing needs.

{{org_field_name}} applies this basic principle in the following ways (the following list needs to be adapted to individual services in line with their provision).

  1. Staff provide sensitive and flexible personal support and (where required or applicable) nursing care to maintain people’s privacy, dignity, independence and control over their own lives.
  2. Wherever practical, staff continuity is maintained in order to provide reliable, consistent care based on the relationship between the people who use services and their carers.
  3. Staff make every effort to find out the preferences of people who have difficulty in communicating their needs.
  4. End-of-life care is provided to the highest standards possible and in line with national guidelines.
  5. Staff will always comply, wherever practical, with people’s preferences about their personal care needs, for example, times of waking and going to bed, choosing their own clothes, hairstyle and makeup so that their appearance reflects their personality.
  6. Staff will always comply wherever practical with people’s preferences about how they are guided, moved, supported and transferred.
  7. Any reasons for being unable to comply with the person’s preferences will be explained and recorded in their notes.
  8. Where needed, guidance and support regarding personal hygiene (eg washing, bathing, shaving) is provided as a personal care service.
  9. Personal support is provided in private wherever possible and with a person’s need to retain their dignity in mind.
  10. Intimate care is provided by a person of the same gender wherever possible, and in line with the person’s preferences and wishes.
  11. People receive the services associated with their personal care needs at times to suit them wherever this proves practical.
  12. All agreements about services needed and how they are to be addressed are made clear on individual plans, which are regularly reviewed and updated.
  13. The service will always respect the preferences and wishes of people using services arising from their ethnic, religious or cultural backgrounds and will make every effort to find the resources that enable it to meet individuals’ requirements.
  14. Transgender (trans) and non-binary people may have specific needs and requirements which care staff should respect and be sensitive to.
  15. Staff always work in partnership with advocates, family, friends and other professionals, including community nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists, who might also be involved in addressing an individual’s personal care and support needs.
  16. The person’s consent is obtained on all aspects of their care and support.
  17. People who are unable to give or communicate their consent are given help to do so as far as possible, before any “best interests” decision is taken.
  18. The service makes sure that all equipment/aids for which it is responsible are regularly serviced and maintained in line with the manufacturer’s instructions and health and safety regulations.
  19. The service makes sure that staff are always trained and competent to operate any equipment and aids used to provide personal care and support.

Training

New care staff receive training in all aspects of personal care and support. Induction training is based on the All Wales Induction Framework for Health and Social Care. No staff new to care work will provide personal care on their own or without direct supervision unless they have been assessed as competent to do so.

All staff are provided with further training in any aspect of personal care and support as determined by their identified training needs, roles and responsibilities.

Managers are also enabled to address personal care issues arising with people who use services through their own training, which includes the effective use of supervision to reinforce basic principles.


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