As seniors get older some of the things that they used to be able to do with ease become more difficult. But it can be hard for seniors to accept that they can no longer do things like button a button, zip a zipper, wash their hair, brush their teeth, or put on socks easily. It’s easy to understand why they wouldn’t want to talk about it if they were having trouble with personal care tasks. Especially with their children.
But the fact is that not being able to take care of their personal care puts your senior parent at risk for urinary tract infections, skin problems, and falls in the home. Personal care problems can be a serious health and safety issue. So even though it can be a tough conversation to have with an aging parent, if you see any of these signs it’s time to sit down and talk about personal care at home:
Puddles On The Bathroom Floor
If you notice that there are puddles or drips on the bathroom floor it could be that your senior loved one is having trouble turning off the tap or the shower or they are having trouble cleaning up any spilled water. Puddles are a huge safety risk so if you see them more than once on the bathroom floor you need to talk to your parent about getting personal care at home to help them with things like showering and washing up.
If you see that the shampoo is overturned in the shower, or there’s powder or makeup spilled around the sink, or other health and beauty products spilled or knocked over it could be that your senior loved one is having trouble putting the caps on bottles or gripping wet bottles. Spilled products are wasteful and they can become a safety hazard too. If the bathroom looks dirty or there is clutter and knocked over bottles that means it’s time to have the conversation about personal care at home with your senior loved one.
Clothes Not Put Away
If your senior loved one is letting the laundry build up it could be that they can’t easily fold clothes, put them on hangars, or open the dresser drawers anymore. You can put away clothes for them but you should also ask if they are having trouble keeping up with the laundry and could use some help with household tasks like laundry or personal care tasks like getting dressed.
Broken Zippers Or Missing Buttons
Broken zippers on dresses and pants or missing buttons could indicate that your senior loved one is having trouble fastening their clothes. Switching to clothes that are easier to fasten can help, but your senior loved one may also need personal care at home to help them get dressed in the clothes that they like and that they feel good in each day. Opening up a dialog about personal care at home with your senior loved one can make it easier to keep them safe and happy at home.
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