As dementia progresses, it’s important to understand how your loved one’s physical health is affected. In some cases, this may mean that certain hygiene practices are no longer possible.
If you have a loved one with dementia, here are some basic hygiene practices that can help you maintain their health:
- Have a routine. Get in the habit of bathing or showering your loved one every day, even if they don’t seem dirty. This will help keep their skin healthy and reduce infections like bedsores.
- Keep their nails trimmed. People with dementia often have poor circulation in their hands and feet. They may need help keeping their nails trimmed so they don’t break easily or bleed when they get into an accident.
- Check for cuts or scrapes regularly because people with dementia might not notice them until it’s too late. Make sure you clean any open wounds thoroughly with soap and water before covering them up with antibiotic ointment (if needed).
With dementia, you may find yourself struggling to keep your loved one clean and fresh. At Raspberry Hill Adult Daytime Center, we recognize this issue. Our Adult Daytime Center in Virginia has implemented several strategies to ensure that our clients maintain proper hygiene throughout the day.
We offer a wide variety of Caregiver Respite services designed for people who have dementia and other conditions that affect memory and cognitive function.
Our team members have received Health Care Training in dementia care approaches and will assist in providing the care your loved one need.