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The Basics Of Personal Hygiene For Elderly People
If you are responsible for washing the person in your care, they you must first establish what your routine will be and then explain it to the person so that they know exactly what to expect. This will help create a trusting relationship, and will help the elderly person to relax.
Understandably, many elderly people are somewhat reluctant to let another person administer their daily personal hygiene routine. Imagine if you had to rely on another person to do everything for you. You may feel that you have lost self-respect and personal dignity. This is exactly how elderly people feel, regardless of their illness and mental state, unless of course they are completely unaware of what happening around them.
Elderly people should be encouraged to carry out their own personal hygiene routines as much as possible. This promotes independence and a sense of purpose in life. Even managing the smallest task is better than nothing at all. However, sometimes elderly people find hygiene routines impossible and may become incontinent.
Establishing a routine for an elderly person
If you have to carry out the personal hygiene for an elderly person, it is important that you establish a set routine. Elderly people find routines comforting. The routine that you establish should include all the basic elements that are normally included. If the elderly person is still active, then showering an bathing may be included. All nooks and nooks and crannies need to be washed, teeth brushed, hair combed and attention paid to finger and toe nails.
Make up for the elderly
Female elderly people may like to put on makeup to feel feminine then you should encourage it as far as possible. It encourages self respect and personal identity.
Good personal hygiene routines for the elderly can also be useful in diagnosing abnormalities in physical health. If you are washing someone, you should look out for any lumps, bumps and bruises as well as any bodily changes that may indicate a health problem. If you are keeping a written care plan, it it worth making a note of any changes as these can help future diagnoses by medical practitioners.