You might be wondering why we’re focusing so much on personal hygiene. Well, hygiene is a part of every person’s self-care routine. It comes naturally to most of us. We don’t have to think about it too much. The lack of it, however, can be very annoying.
Not only that, but poor hygiene can even be unhealthy and dangerous, especially with Covid going around. That being said, hygiene is as much (if not more) important for elderly patients.
Here are some of the benefits of a healthy hygiene routine:
- Preserves mental health: Poor hygiene is very annoying. An elderly person who’s unable to keep up with their hygienic needs feels this. But they also feel frustrated from not being able to do anything about it. They fall into a cycle of self-neglect, low self-worth, loss of dignity, shame, and poor hygiene. This can lead to depression in the elderly. It’s one of the main reasons why you should make sure that your aging loved one always feels clean and fresh.
- Prevents diseases: It goes without saying, that maintaining good hygiene keeps you safe from harmful germs and transmissible illnesses.
- Prevents painful conditions: In elderly patients, the skin tends to be more fragile and gets easily dehydrated. Poor hygiene in elderly patients can lead to skin cracking, infections, skin irritation, and pain. An effective hygiene ritual is important to keep your elderly loved one pain-free.
- Allows them to socialize better: Bad smell and visible poor hygiene can sometimes be repelling to people visiting an elderly relative. By helping your loved ones take better care of their body, you’ll make it easier for them to be around other people.
When someone is bed-ridden, one of the major issues is hygiene as you can read on this Blog. Keeping clean is an uncomfortable experience of a bed bath or infrequent and insufficient assisted trips to the bathroom.
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