Hygiene and Health

One of the first things family caregivers notice among their aging loved ones is a decline in personal care. Often when older adults become more limited in their ability to perform the activities of daily living, nutrition, grooming and hygiene are neglected. It's at this stage that an elderly person is in need of some outside assistance. Our Caregivers assist with many tasks from reminding patients to take vitamins to assisting with bathing activities.

The fundamental purpose of bathing is to maintain health and physical well being of the body. While most young, able-bodied people do not think twice about taking bath, bathing is more difficult, more time consuming and more hazardous for older people with disabilities. The Gallup organization in 1983 surveyed 1,500 non-institutionalized people over the age of 55. "Using shower or tub" was one of the sixteen problem areas identified for maintaining activities of daily living. The National Center for Health Statistics in 1987 reported that about 10 percent of all people over the age of 65 have difficulty bathing, and about 6 percent receive help (Lawton, 1990). The magnitude of problems older people experience while bathing and the seriousness of the situation raises many important questions. Why do they continue to bathe? How difficult is it for older people to bathe? How safe is bathing for older persons with disabilities? Why do older people bathe in unsafe conditions?

Let a private caregiver assist your aging mom or dad while reducing your risk of burnout. Contact us to learn more about how our hygiene services can help your loved one.

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