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A Guide for Caregivers To Keep Their Loved Ones Clean

Personal hygiene is not a luxury, contrary to what most people believe. It is not just about pampering ourselves to make us feel good but it is a responsibility to take care of our body by maintaining a healthy appearance and preventing diseases.

Although, some people need other people’s assistance in taking care of themselves just like our elderly loved ones because their aging physical bodies reduce their mobility. 

Here are some of the basics on effectively taking care of our aging seniors personal hygiene. 

Fundamental aspects of personal hygiene for elderly

Once our loved ones reach 60-years-old, their bodies start to get weak and they start to need assistance on many tasks such as maintaining a personal care routine. Before we help our seniors, we need to know the basics first by knowing the different aspects of personal hygiene.

Physical

Physical hygiene refers to taking care of the whole body and it involves taking a bath and using the toilet. 

Some conditions hinder our elderlies to taking a bath or going to the toilet such as Parkinson’s. Helping them to take a bath and wiping their skin with towels is a good way to maintain their cleanliness. 

Washing their face regularly and moisturizing their skin can also help their skin more clean and retain its moisture, preventing skin diseases from forming.

Oral

A healthy oral hygiene doesn’t just stop on regular brushing of the teeth but it also includes brushing of the tongue, gargling of mouthwash and frequent flossing. Make sure that they do all of these regularly and also make sure that their dentures create discomfort.

Grooming

Grooming involves cutting the hair, combing, shaving and trimming excess nails. Assist them in grooming their hair and nails, this can also boost their confidence by looking and feeling good.

Methods for aiding a senior with declining personal hygiene

Some seniors struggle to maintain their personal hygiene because of factors such as fatigue, frailty, Alzheimer’s disease, inconvenience, fear of accidents and other factors. Here are some of the tips you can follow to help them maintain good personal hygiene.

Sticking to a routine

Make personal cleaning a regular habit and stick to them. Tasks such as bathing, shampooing and brushing their teeth could be a nuisance to them, so it is important to introduce these tasks slowly and be patient with them.

Providing a slip-free environment and ease of movement

Taking care of our seniors is just like taking care of babies, they need a clean and safe environment so that they can move easily. Make sure that the place they reside in is hazard-free, place safety equipment and non-slip mats on locations that they usually go to. 

Do regular changes

Make sure that you change their dirty clothes, bed sheets, blankets and towels regularly to prevent germs and bacteria from piling up that can cause other diseases. 

Be gentle

In helping them everyday, make sure that you are handling them with care because their skins and bones become weak as they age. Use hygiene products that are gentle to their skin and don’t have a strong odor.

Respect their preferences

Our seniors are not just physically sensitive but their feelings are fragile too. You need to respect their preference, because enforcing what you want can hurt their feelings. 

Take note about their comfort 

Think about their situation and make sure that they are comfortable. If they have a specific liking to a hygiene product, take note of that.

Final Words

Taking care of our seniors is sometimes difficult, but we need to be reminded that we are doing this to help them have a healthy well-being and because we care for them. I hope this SG news helped you in a way to effectively take care of your loved ones.