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Why Is Personal Hygiene So Important for Seniors?
As we age, everyday tasks become increasingly more difficult for a number of different reasons. From fading memories to failing physical abilities, these difficulties can lead to neglect of personal care.While there are a number of things that need to take precedence in senior care in Alexandria VA,like a balanced diet and regular exercise, personal hygiene is a top priority in our senior companion programs and in-home nursing care.
The Importance of Personal Hygiene for Senior Citizens
There are many different issues that can occur by failing to practice regular personal hygiene. Personal hygiene is especially important for senior citizens in home health care for a variety of reasons.
For Healthy Living
Personal hygiene is an important part of healthy living. There is a wide variety of physical issues that can be caused by poor hygiene. Poor personal hygiene could also be a sign of depression. Pay attention to your loved one’s personal hygiene to get a sense of how they are feeling.
Good for Mental Health
Personal hygiene requires some kind of routine. This not only prevents health issues, but is also good for your mind. Repetition is never bad, and the older you get the more critical it is to exercise the mind.Personal hygiene absolutely provides effective stress reduction.
To Avoid Skin Issues
Maintaining personal hygiene, such as bathing regularly, prevents skin issues that have a tendency to occur more the older we get. If you fail to take regular showers or baths it could lead to skin infections.Because seniors are not as active, they will not require a daily bath, just a few times each week should suffice. Moisturizing the skin is also important to avoid common skin issues.
Keep Up With Foot Care
Many seniors experience issues with their feet. Poor personal hygiene amplifies such issues. An ingrown toenail or callus could cause serious pain and discomfort, which can be prevented with routine foot care.
Maintain a Healthy Appearance
Maintaining personal hygiene is vital to maintaining a healthy appearance. Seniors have a tendency to wear unwashed clothing and have body odor,which could be a sign of depression. Maintaining a healthy appearance can uplift spirits and be beneficial to mental health.
Detect Health Complications
Personal hygiene provides a way to detect potential health concerns. While bathing or brushing their teeth seniors or their caregivers may notice something unusual on their body. Regular personal hygiene provides a way to catch some issues before they become serious. As you grow older, it becomes much more important to be aware of your body and personal hygiene helps to achieve this.
How Do Capital City Nurses Help Seniors Maintain Personal Hygiene?
For more than 45 years, Capital City Nurses have provided elderly care in Alexandria, VA and the surrounding areas. We strive to give our patients the most exceptional levels of in-home care and support. We have become the standard for consistent,high-quality in-home care services by doing things the right way. Contact us today to find out about all of the excellent services that we provide including rehab and post-op care, medication management, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and companionship care.