A Quick Guide to Hygiene & Grooming Among the Elderly

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As seniors age, they may find it difficult to maintain healthy hygiene habits. However, there are several things caregivers can do to help elderly loved ones manage their personal hygiene. This checklist can help seniors and their caregivers develop healthy grooming habits.

Don’t Scrub Too Hard

In their younger days, seniors may have been able to scrub their skin clean with a bath sponge or washcloth. However, older skin is more delicate, and it’s important that seniors treat it with care. If the soap or shower gel is too harsh, seniors may want to switch to a hydrating alternative. When it comes time to towel off, they should pat their skin dry rather than rubbing it vigorously.

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Don’t Slip

Some seniors skip their hygiene routines because they’re worried they’ll slip and fall in the shower. Caregivers can place non-slip mats on the shower floor to ensure seniors have a nonskid surface and to reduce the risk of falls. 

Switch to Baths

Younger people often prefer showers to baths, as they are a quick and convenient way to clean the body. However, seniors tend to prefer baths because they can rest comfortably in the tub and minimize the chances of injury. A hot water bath can even be therapeutic for seniors who have sore muscles and joints. If seniors have difficulty lowering themselves into bathtubs, caregivers can install handrails on the bath walls. This helps seniors bathe independently and encourages good hygiene maintenance. 

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Maintain a Routine

Grooming is a habit like any other, and the key to maintaining good habits is routine. Seniors should adhere to regular bathing schedules, and caregivers should allow them to set the timetable. For example, if a senior prefers to take showers at nighttime in his or her younger days, he or she should be allowed to continue this schedule because it will preserve a sense of autonomy. Seniors are more likely to stick to good habits if they don’t deviate too far from their norm.

Make Things Easy

To make the grooming process easy for the senior, caregivers should make all hygiene necessities accessible. Seniors should always have immediate access to clean towels, soap, shower gel, and any other products they need. 

Ask a Doctor

Caregivers may not always be able to encourage seniors to adopt healthier habits. When caregivers have difficulty enforcing good hygiene habits, they can always ask a doctor for assistance. A general practitioner can prescribe a healthy grooming routine that could lead to better hygiene practices.

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