How To Provide Activities Of Daily Living

activities of daily living

Activities of daily living   Activities of daily living, abbreviated as (ADLs). This will include some of the very basic tasks that you provide on a daily basis either in a home or in a community. Overseeing this can cause you to stress because you can’t be in 2 places at one time: taking care … Read more

How To Help Our Senior Parents To Be Clean

Caregiver assisting woman with shower|How to help our senior parents to be clean

 

Caregiver assisting woman with shower|How to help our senior parents to be clean

 

To be Fresh and Clean is a Vital Part of the Day

If you are clean and look good, you feel good.  On occasion, we are unable to perform our daily hygiene, such as brushing our teeth, bathing, shampooing, and skin, nail, foot care.  There are many reasons one would not be able to care for themselves, including the following.

  •  Illness
  •  Pain
  •  No energy or strength
  •  Inability to reach
  •  Anxiety
  •  Fear of getting hurt
  •  Confusion
  •  Forgetting how to perform the task

Remember to encourage the patient to assist as much as possible, according to their abilities and limitations.  Give the patient as much privacy and encouragement as possible, also establish a communication system so that the patient feels comfortable with your assistance.

Flossing

Helps to remove food and other things that will cause decay, gum disease, and bad breath.  It Is done before brushing and usually after every meal, to have clean teeth.

Cleaning the Mouth

Cleaning the mouth, teeth, gums, and tongue is good to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and foul mouth odor.  Brushing your teeth gives your whole mouth a clean and refreshing feeling.  A clean and healthy mouth is very important for good oral hygiene.

Always be observant of the patient’s mouth.  Check the mouth, teeth, gums, and lips for any irritation or sores.  Maintain oral hygiene in the morning, after meals, and at bedtime.

Bathing

Bathing is a very important part of the healing process.  When you are clean, you feel better mentally and physically.  Bathing the body in warm soothing water is beneficial in many ways:

  •  Cleaning the body
  •  Preventing body odor
  •  Soothing aching muscles and joints
  •  Stimulating circulation
  •  Relaxing
  •  Removing stress and tension

The frequency of the bath depends on many things.  If the patient is active and can walk, they will need to bathe daily.  If the patient is bedridden or unconscious, they may require a bed bath, and if the patients are incontinent, they willed to be bathed each time they soil themselves.  All situations are different.  Always, make sure to know if the patient is allergic to any products before using.

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