5.1 Introduction to Provide for Personal Care Needs of Clients

Learning Objectives

  • Provide for personal grooming and hygiene
  • Assist with nutrition and fluid needs
  • Assist client with bowel and bladder elimination
  • Maintain a urinary catheter
  • Assist client with bowel and bladder retraining

Providing personal care for clients is the primary responsibility of the nursing assistant. Often referred to as Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), personal care includes anything that a client needs to maintain hygiene, well-being, self-esteem, and dignity. ADLs are the foundation of health and wellness and a part of providing holistic care. The manner in which personal care is provided has a large impact on the quality of life for those unable to care for themselves. A professional nursing assistant provides these services proficiently while also respecting the preferences of residents.



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