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Does Supporting A Person To Shop And Cook Class As Personal Care?

Hello Sheila,

Does supporting a person to shop & cook class as personal care, if they do not require prompting or physical support to eat?

If we are not providing any other type of personal care, and the support we provide is non-medical, social interventions, then do we require ccc registration?

Kind regards

Dear S,

 

The simple answer to your question is no.

 

The Care Quality Commission defines personal care as:

 

'The regulated activity of personal care consists of the provision of personal care for people who are unable to provide it for themselves, because of old age, illness or disability, and which is provided to them in the place where those people are living at the time when the care is provided. As an example, this includes personal care provided by a domiciliary care agency.' 

 

https://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/ra_1_personal_care.pdf

 

Shopping and cooking is not personal care and nor is assisting someone to eat.

 

Personal care could be called intimate care and includes the following tasks:

 

  • Personal hygiene including washing, taking a bath or shower and oral care

 

  • Assistance with dressing

 

  • Assistance with going to the toilet

 

  • Care for people who are incontinent

 

Provided that you are not providing intimate care, you do not need to register with the Care Quality Commission. You should, however, keep the services you are providing under review in case they change and registration is required.

 

Best wishes,

 

Sheila


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Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA). Care is Sheila’s life; she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business and as a leader in the care sector.

Sheila will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.

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