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How to Figure Out a Personal Care Routine for Your Elderly Loved One

Home Care in Crawfordville FL

Having a solid bathing and grooming routine for your elderly loved one involves much more than simply setting up the bathroom every other day at a set time. There’s some ground work you Home-Care-in-Crawfordville-FLmight need to do first.

What Were Her Preferences?

Everyone has their own bathing and grooming preferences and your elderly loved one is no exception. It helps if you know what she preferred when she handled her own grooming, but you can definitely ask her questions to narrow down her choices. For example, your loved one may have favored baths over showers and she may have preferred having someone else wash her hair at the salon. If you don’t know these things, you may inadvertently force her into a bathing and grooming routine that doesn’t feel right to her and she’s more likely to resist.

Stock up on Favorite Products

While you’re gathering information on her preferences, don’t forget that your elderly loved one is likely to have product preferences, too. Try to determine her favorite shampoo, soap, and other products. There may be a specific scent that she enjoys, for example, or just a specific brand. Many people associate the fresh scent of Ivory soap with being clean and don’t like using anything else. Sort out what your loved one enjoys so that you can make the experience as positive for her as you can.

Make Grooming as Luxurious as Possible

Luxury is about more than having a granite bathtub and solid gold fixtures. It’s about knowing what your loved one likes, including her favorite grooming products, and it’s about making the experience positive and lush. Try getting a towel warmer, for instance, so that your loved one has a warm towel at the end of her bath. If a towel warmer just doesn’t fit in the budget, be creative and put the towel in the dryer for a few minutes before bath time. It’s the little things that can make bath time luxurious.

Don’t Fight Your Loved One

Some elderly loved ones may fight with you about bathing and grooming. They may forget that they haven’t done either recently or they may simply resist the process altogether. There may be some valid reasons for this, so instead of fighting with your loved one, try to find the answer. Some loved ones are nervous having family members bathe them, for instance, so having elder care providers handling personal care tasks can make the situation much more palatable.

If you’re still feeling stuck, talk to your loved one’s home care providers about what they have found works for other elderly loved ones they’ve worked with before.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Crawfordville, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.

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