Taking care of yourself hygienically and taking the time to properly groom to look one’s best are sources of pride and signs of independence and self-sufficiency. However, for some people, aging renders grooming and being hygienic to become increasingly difficult tasks that are a hardship to complete without the aid of a family member, friend, caregiver, or another helpful hand.
If you are someone tasked with grooming and taking care of a senior or elderly person’s hygiene, you should realize that while you are, of course, helping him or her with essential tasks needed to continue to living independently, he or she is more likely than not experiencing a sense of loss of self-esteem and independence, which, if left unchecked, can lead to increasing levels of agitation and potential depression. Being unable to take care of one’s hygiene and grooming without help begins to make most seniors feel as though they are simply no longer self-sufficient.
When helping a senior or elderly person with their hygiene and grooming tasks, take care to treat them as you would any adult- with respect and dignity. While treating seniors with respect and dignity are crucial elements in properly taking care of seniors who need assistance with hygiene and grooming tasks, it is recommended that you also consider and implement the following tips for assisting with hygiene and grooming-related tasks.