Poor Hygiene in the Elderly

  • 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 that 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: The first step in winning this common incontinence battle is to strike the word “diaper” from your vocabulary.

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

    There are many reasons why a senior’s bathing habits and personal hygiene may decline as they age. Find the root of a senior's poor hygiene and remember that compromise may be the key to better personal care.

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  • Incontinence Care Tips: How to Eliminate Stains and Odors

    Caring for an elderly loved one often involves cleaning up incontinence accidents. We’ve compiled caregivers’ best tips and advice for getting rid of urine stains.

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  • Activities of Daily Living Defined

    The six activities of daily living (ADLs) are used to assess a senior’s ability to care for themselves, determine they level of care they require, and verify their eligibility for supportive services and financial assistance.

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  • Bathing & Hygiene Top Tips: Convincing a Senior to Bathe

    A seniors refusal to shower or bathe is a common struggle between a caregiver and an elder. Experienced caregivers share their best tips and suggestions for persuading an aging loved one to take a shower or bath.

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  • Oral Care Tips for Dementia Caregivers

    Poor oral hygiene is common for seniors with dementia, but proper dental care is crucial for maintaining overall health and quality of life. A family caregiver shares his strategies for keeping his wife’s teeth and gums healthy.

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  • Home Remedies for Treating and Preventing Elderly UTI

    Family caregivers share their tips, home-remedies and advice for preventing and treating urinary tract infections (UTI) in older adults.

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  • 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's and Dementia

    The signs and symptoms of dementia vary, but memory loss, behavior change, and increased confusion are common indicators of increasing cognitive difficulties. Look for these red flags to determine if a loved one should seek a comprehensive medical exam.

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  • How to Determine an Aging Parent Needs Help at Home

    Look for these common warning signs to determine if your elderly parent needs help at home.

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  • Elder Self-Neglect: A Hidden Hazard

    Most people are aware that seniors can be very vulnerable and that older adults are often targets of scams and abuse. However, there is another equally serious threat to the elderly that receives far less attention: self-neglect.

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  • Caregiver Tips: Getting a Senior to Wash Their Hands

    Regular hand-washing is a crucial part of infection control, but seniors’ personal hygiene habits often decline with age. Family caregivers share their tips and tricks for getting aging loved ones to practice good hand hygiene.

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