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How to Introduce Good Personal Hygiene to Seniors

how to introduce good personal hygiene to seniors

“Man does not live by soap alone; and hygiene, or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it or, better still, feel a healthy indifference to it.” Gilbert K. Chesterton

Accomplishing a particular task can be difficult for seniors, especially for those who have difficulty with their mobility. That is why caregivers are needed to assist them with their day-to-day activities. However, when it comes to their personal hygiene, seniors should also know and understand that it is important for them to be fully aware on how to personally take care of themselves to ensure overall wellness in life.

Here’s how caregivers can introduce healthy habits to seniors:

  • Talk Openly
    – Having a sit-down talk with seniors about their preference so that bathing and grooming may not be a degrading experience for them. Also, caregivers should explain that reminding them of having a good personal hygiene is important to prevent getting any kind of sickness.
  • Ask Questions
    – Caregivers should also keep in mind that seniors have their own preferences too. That means you should also be considerate about their options. Ask what they would like to have or do and try to integrate it into their routine.
  • Safety First
    – Caregivers should always remind seniors about their safety. Whether they are walking down the hallway or going to the bathroom, safety should be observed. You can install some handrails for support and to prevent them from falling.

Help seniors live the optimum health and wellness in life by helping them with their personal hygiene.

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