Attendant care services assist in managing a patient’s essential and regular personal care needs, such as grooming, bathing, feeding, dressing, toileting, and other personal or hygiene needs. These services are usually provided for those recovering from surgery or stroke or some protracted and debilitating illness. For clients who have severe physical, mental health or cognitive injuries, personal care needs may also encompass assistance and support to make decisions, assistance with controlling mood, encouragement and prompting to undertake routine personal care tasks, assistance attending treatment and therapy sessions, and emotional support to manage challenging situations.

Attendant care services are not for medical or nursing or treatment needs, but should still be provided by professional and trained carers to ensure patients receive high quality care consistent with industry best-practice.

There are variations on attendant care, such daytime support, overnight support, and therapy support, as well as helping to access community services where instructed by an occupational therapist.

By contrast, domestic care services is more focused on the cleanliness of the home, particularly the bathroom, toilet, shower, and kitchen areas. The primary activities would be wiping surfaces, vacuuming carpets, mopping floors, laundering and ironing clothes, and washing and drying dishes.

In practice there will be some overlap between the two types of services, but in both cases, lifting will usually be a major concern for care staff attending patients who lack mobility or who are bed-bound.

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Lifting patients who are either bed-bound or of limited mobility will be the main work risk for attendant and domestic care workers. If caregivers lift patients without adequate lifting equipment, it can lead to slipped discs, sore backs, fractures, breakages, dislocations, bruises, and scrapes.

Attendant and domestic care workers also face risks working in unfamiliar locations that may not be properly set up to effectively perform their tasks, thereby providing the temptation for short-cuts to be taken. Patients may become combative or anxious or have aggressive pets or have unsafe electrical wiring or appliances.

An expert in the provision of attendant and domestic care services may offer opinions on Work Safe guidelines, the appropriateness of occupation therapy assessments, whether appropriate equipment was provided, and whether there other unnecessary risks taken by agencies and their workers in order to allocate responsibility when an accident or injury takes place.

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