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Personal Care

Personal care or toiletries are consumer products used in personal hygiene and for beautification. Personal care includes products as diverse as cleansing pads, colognes, cotton swabs, cotton pads, deodorant, eye liner, facial tissue, hair clippers, lip gloss, lipstick, lip balm, lotion, makeup, hand soap, facial cleanser,body wash, nail files, pomade, perfumes, razors, shaving cream, moisturizer, baby powder, toilet paper, toothpaste, facial treatments, wet wipes, and shampoo.

Personal care is a broad term used to refer to supporting personal hygiene and toileting, along with dressing and maintaining your personal appearance.

Personal care for the elderly can cover, but is not limited to:

  • -Bathing and showering, including bed-baths
  • -Applying lotions and creams as required
  • -Dressing and getting ready for bed
  • -Oral hygiene
  • -Applying make-up, and hair care
  • -Support with shaving
  • -Foot care, especially if you are diabetic need to be extra vigilant with your feet
  • -Helping you to the toilet, including using a commode or bedpan
  • -Changing continence pads, along with cleaning intimate areas
  • -Support moving position in bed, to stretch and prevent bed sores
  • -Changing or maintaining a stoma or catheter bag, or other form of clinical intervention


In getting to know you as a person, your care plan will outline your likes and dislikes, the hygiene or beauty products you want to use and what – and who – you feel most comfortable with. Particular tasks, such as cutting nails, shaving and diabetic foot care, will always be outlined in your support plan with specific instructions for your carer.