Caregivers Provide Dressing & Grooming Assistance To Elders
Over the last 15 years, Justin Villa Care has been a home healthcare agency that leverages creative and innovative solutions to allow elders to live independently in their homes.
Sometimes, older adults are not willing to dress & groom themselves due to physical pain or discomfort. Our caregivers help them to maintain willingness & comfort in dressing on a daily basis.
What is a standard in-home Dressing & Grooming service?
Individuals who have long-term or short-term dexterity issues, debilitating illnesses, or surgeries may have problems performing daily tasks that would otherwise seem simple. Keeping their needs in mind, our in-home dressing & grooming service include:
- Organize the closet
- Style hair and help clean nails
- Provide instructions on brushing teeth, shaving, etc.
- Ensure loose and easy to wear outfits
- Help them have a convenient and easy to maintain a haircut
How can dressing and grooming assistance be provided to elders?
As a caregiver, there will likely be moments when you need to step in and offer help. Fortunately, there are many simple steps you can take to help your loved ones dress and groom while letting them feel comfortable, independent, and respected.
An elder takes more time to get dressed on a daily basis. But to maintain confidence & self-esteem , a caregiver has to put in some extra effort. The patient suffering from diseases like Dementia and Alzheimer’s, with time, get bored and don’t want to get dressed. You might have to face situations where the person has forgotten to get dressed or is unable to recognize their belongings.
Tips That Might Help Perform Duties More Efficiently
We provide training to our caregivers to deal with difficult situations by ensuring calmness and peace.
- Be there to help, and encourage self-dressing whenever possible.
- Ensure they pick comfortable clothes as they have to be at home most of the time.
- Above all, having an open conversation to know where they need help. Sometimes, elders are not open to discussion.
- Be there while they are getting ready. Take safety measures and ensure that they don’t hurt themselves.
- Take some time to pick up the clothes your loved one’s choice, keep patience till they make up their mind for changing clothes, combing hair etc.
Need a helping hand? We, at Justin Villa Care, are always ready (24/7) to provide dressing and grooming assistance. To know more about our caregiving services, feel free to reach us at any time.
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A caregiver has to build a strong bond of friendship with the elder. Normally, the elder will not be willing to ask for direct help. As assistance, you need to set the schedule and make daily dressing and grooming a habit.
Sometimes , you have to be creative and flexible so that they should agree to do most of their work by themselves. A careful monitoring of their mood swings is also important.
There are many apps that can help you develop the interest of the elder at home. To keep them happy , you can show them beauty apps and can make use of modern equipment. For example, an electric shaver with cutfree blades can help an elder get ready for shaving. Similarly, a nail art and polishing design can allure a senior to get interested in shaping her nail.
It totally depends on the condition of the elder. The second thing to consider is the timing of the caregiver. For full time in-home care , you can spend more time. But if you are coming for part time then you need to plan your day.
In all the cases, patience and scheduling is a must. The elder must not feel pressure of daily activities on oneself. Otherwise, he /she will start showing reluctant behavior .
The involvement of a family member helps in developing the interest of the elder to maintain a lifestyle. A family member knows the personal choice of the elder so the person can help in choosing the clothes, selecting the hairstyle and so on.
A caregiver can tune with a family member to change the denial to dress up into a fun activity. Both can try doing something interesting and innovative to make the elder feel happy and cherished. Afterall, to maintain hygiene and a healthy environment, personal cleaning, especially changing clothes, combing , and cutting nails is a must.
- Communicate to convince the elder to bathe, don’t force
- Take help of family members
- Call a doctor, if the situation doesn’t change
- Council the elder to get ready and go out for a meal.
- Warm up the bathroom for Comfort
Above all, keep patience and respect the individual’s sentiments.