Personal Care and Hygiene for Seniors | Tips To Give It Your Best Shot

8/11/2016

senior citizen after exercising, doing personal care

Taking care of seniors and elderly loved ones could be a toilsome task for many, especially when it comes to personal care. The reason could range from their refusal to let anyone to cross the boundaries they had always had in place or that they plainly refuse to acknowledge the very need of care (Dementia does that to people).

But regardless of the scenario, it is essential to assist them when it comes to their basic needs for hygiene and personal care. Some useful tips are:

1. Ensure their comfort, first and foremost

While tasks such as assisting them in their bath, doing their hair, or helping them brush their teeth could be urgent, it is recommended to create a comfortable environment for them first. They might feel embarrassed at first but by building trust and a level of comfort, it would become easy for both of you. You could minimize discomfort by engaging them in general conversation and handing things over while they allow you to be a part of their grooming and personal care regimen.

2. Focus on their needs

They can get unreasonable sometimes, especially when it comes to questions such as ‘what do they want?’; however, what you need to do is observe and ask relevant questions pertaining to their personal care needs and preferences. This would help you understand how you could go about helping them with maintaining hygiene, etc.

3. Let them take lead and manage things on their own

It is very important to help them out but it is equally important to respect their need for independence so as to ensure that they aren’t totally dependent on you. This would not only inculcate a sense of high self-esteem in them but also empower them to do things their way, which of course will result in a contented elderly loved one. Assist them by providing them with necessary equipment and ensuring safety measures as they perform personal care and grooming rituals like they had always done it.

And then, it is never a problem to contact health service providers for assistance when it comes to taking care of your elderly loved ones. Maryland Medicare (Part A) covers in-house service for elderly people of the state if custodial care isn’t the only care they need. As for Maryland Medicaid, elderly who are recipients of Supplementary Security Income, people who qualify as ABD (Aged, Blind, Needy) medically needy, those whose household income and assets do not match the medical needs for their care, and the recipients of PAA (Public Assistance to Adults) are eligible to qualify for Maryland Medicaid assistance.

2nd Family Home Health Services is one of Maryland’s most coveted senior care and elderly care providers. All staff members work diligently to provide the highest level of personalized care that enhances the quality of life for their clients. Home care is done with all the important medical requirements that are needed with added special touches like laundry, transportation, meal preparation, and companionship.

Make sure your elderly loved ones get nothing but the best of care for all of their health, care and hygiene requirements.

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