Policy on the
Provision of Personal Care
Re-endorsed by Annual Conference 2013
The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association recognises that:
There are many individuals, who, because of illness, disability, age or frailty, are unable
to undertake the full range of everyday tasks that people normally do for themselves.
These people require assistance and support with personal care.
The term personal care describes the assistance with daily living tasks that is provided
to individuals regardless of the setting in which the care is provided, whether or not the
care provider and the care recipient are related to one another, and whether or not the
care provider is paid
The provision of personal care to individuals in the community enables them to live
independently and facilitates their integration and participation in the community.
The provision of personal care to individuals in institutional or residential settings
should also facilitate residents' privacy, autonomy, independence, and dignity, and