Poor Hygiene in the Elderly

Poor hygiene is a form of self neglect. Find information and advice about handling a senior who no longer has the ability to attend to personal needs or provide basic self care.

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  • How to Persuade a Senior to Put on Clean Clothes

    The ability to dress and maintain hygiene are important activities of daily living (ADL) seniors lose the ability to accomplish. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ hands-on tips and suggestions for convincing a senior to put on clean clothes.

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  • The Truth About “Old People Smell”

    Many people believe the odor that sometimes permeates seniors’ homes and elder care facilities is a result of poor hygiene, but it is actually a natural part of aging.

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  • How to Convince a Senior to Wear Adult Diapers

    Pro tip: Strike the word diaper from your vocabulary. There are ways to encourage a loved one to address incontinence issues, but they require patience, understanding and a commitment to upholding your loved one’s dignity.

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  • What to Do When a Senior Refuses to Bathe and Change Their Clothes

    When it comes to caring for the elderly, hygiene issues are surprisingly common. Determining why their personal hygiene habits have changed is the best way to devise a successful strategy for getting a senior to bathe and wear clean clothes.

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