Basic daily hygiene and personal care activities are something we all take for granted that we can do on our own. However, as we age or experience an illness or injury those activities may become difficult to perform. Many seniors worry about losing their independence and dignity because of physical limitations. Family members may feel embarrassed helping a parent or grandparent using the bathroom or bathing and it can be awkward for everyone. Our caregivers can help ensure seniors receive proper hygiene maintenance and help avoid falls associated with slippery floors and transferring in and out of the shower or tub. We have experienced aides that can assist with showering, bathing, toileting and other various hygiene routines.
Good hygiene is an important component to maintaining physical health. As we age our immune system is not as robust as it once was and that means germs and viruses are more of an enemy than ever. Regular bathing, hand-washing before handing food and after visiting the facilities if not already a habit should become one. Many medications common in the senior group cause skin to become fragile making it easier for germs to invade. Taking a good bath or shower is not a luxury but a necessity. Proper cleansing removes bacteria that cause odor and possible infections. Going over your whole body regularly keeps you aware of any irregularities and finding issues early gives you the best chance at curing them. Finally, the invigorating feeling of being clean cannot be overlooked. Feeling clean is feeling good which is great for your mental health also.