A lack of personal hygiene is a crucial sign that your senior loved one needs assistance with ADL (activities of daily life). It’s important for you and the caregiver to have honest discussions about what loved one is comfortable receiving help with, which will help relieve their stress while helping the caregiver establish trust.
Providing care in this way to someone is private and personal. It’s best to discuss these things ahead of time to know what they want help with. Also, if they refuse help with certain tasks, make sure they have the knowledge and tools to handle their hygiene needs.
Daily hygiene tasks can include, but are not limited to:
- Grooming, Bathing, and Personal Hygiene
- Grooming, bathing, and hygiene are very personal activities. It will be important for the caregiver to provide as much privacy and independence as possible during these activities. A specific task may be done more quickly if you do it yourself, but you should always try to let the person you are caring for perform the task whenever possible – although only if it’s safe to do so.
- It’s important to make certain your loved ones have clean, dry clothing available to wear. Make sure the choices you have selected are in good repair and weather appropriate. Allowing your loved one to choose what to wear encourages independence and minimizes the hassle for your loved one of choosing between too many options.
- If your loved one requires assistance with toileting, it can be an uncomfortable task for both of you. It’s important to be considerate when talking about toileting and providing toileting assistance in the same way you would provide any other kind of help. Your loved one may require extra assistance in clean-up. It’s best to approach in matter-of-factly and provide quick, but thorough clean-up. As you spend more time with your loved one, it will become part of the regular routine, making it easier for both of you.
- Keep a regular bathroom schedule to ensure there are no accidents. In between bathroom breaks, look for signs your loved one many need to use the restroom.