The Senior Hygiene Challenge: Cleaning up and Getting Ready for the Day

by | Dec 17, 2013 | Our Blog

Research demonstrates that the elderly want to stay in their homes as long as possible. Yet the older a loved one gets, the more difficult independence becomes. We believe companion care can help. Over the coming weeks we will discuss how companion caregivers can help overcome 10 major challenges faced by the elderly and by their families and loved ones. Please contact us at 888-791-8449 or Stay at Home if you have questions or would like more information.

Getting Curled

There comes a time in the lives of many senior citizens when they seem to lose interest in taking care of themselves. They don’t feel like taking a bath or shower. They could care less what they wear or how they look. Personal hygiene goes out the door.

Depression and loneliness are almost certainly part of the cause. When you’re living alone and are no longer taking care of a family, sometimes it can seem there’s really no reason to clean up and look nice.

As companion caregivers offering innovative senior care, we’re in a position to help. Encouragement, friendship, and a sense of happy routine can go a long way toward lifting anyone’s spirits. When we arrive in the morning we give your loved one someone to talk to. We can help draw a bath or start a shower. We can assist with morning chores that have become a challenge, from brushing teeth to combing hair to choosing an outfit and getting dressed.

Or we can step back and simply provide a little companionship. As professionals, we are meticulous about respecting the wishes of the family and client and following state regulations. We provide assistance only when it is wanted and allowed.

Our goal is to help your loved one get ready to tackle the day, whatever it may have in store. Of course we help them get to doctor’s appointments, errands, social engagements and the like. But if there’s nothing like that on the agenda, we encourage your loved one to come for a stroll if they’re able.

We all need something to look forward to. Our goal is to ensure your loved one has exactly that.