Posted by: options4care | February 22, 2010

“Importance And Safety Of Hygiene In Seniors- Lake County IL”

You wake up in the morning, grab your coffee and jump in the shower. It is a part of a daily routine that is very simple to do. It is an activity that each of us take for granted. A shower revitalizes you, keeps your skin healthy and smelling clean. You feel refreshed and energized to start the day.

Something so practical, becomes a difficult challenge as well as an emotionally stressful experience for a senior. Physical limitations from arthritis, mobility issues and vision problems may make it difficult for a senior to bathe. Older adults may become fearful of falling in their tub or shower. Depression may add to an elderly person not wanting to keep up with their hygiene. This simple activity that seniors were used to doing daily has now become a great fear. For a senior, the bathroom can be one of the most dangerous rooms in the home.

Seniors and families need to become educated regarding bathroom safety. Many emergency room visits by seniors are due to fall related injuries while trying to bathe. Families that provide care for their love one understand how challenging it is to assist with personal care. You can help your loved one by discussing and addressing safety issues, hygiene issues and your loved ones comfort level in taking a bath.

The most important reason for bathing is to maintain hygiene, health and physical well being. Seniors have very thin skin. Thus making them more prone to infections. Bathing prevents irritation, rashes and skin conditions that may lead to infections. So keeping the skin clean is very important. Another issues that is challenging for seniors is keeping their skin hydrated. Because the skin is thin, it is harder to retain moisture. Your skin then becomes dry. Thin dry skin tears easily and allows bacteria to set in.

It is important to provide your loved one with confidence and guidance in helping to overcome hygiene issues by educating and assessing their needs.

If your loved one is having trouble getting in or out of a shower or tub. Through our services, we can address your needs and provide you with a home and bathroom safety assessment. Additionally, we can provide you, through our health care partners, an assessment performed by an Occupational Therapist. They help educate your loved one and help mom or dad overcome any challenges.

It is a proven fact that if you can bathe without assistance you feel independent. Let’s help our seniors remain independent and avoid any injuries and unnecessary loss of independence simply because of a bath.

For information on how an Occupational Therapist can educate your loved with bathing safety and needs contact us today.

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