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Guide to Personal Hygiene Assistive Devices for the Elderly

As we get older, it can become difficult to maintain good hygiene practices. For our own self-respect and self-confidence, we must try to look after ourselves. Often a carer will help do a lot for us, but it’s good if we can do some things on our own. Luckily there are many different items available that will make life easy for us.

Hygiene Aids for the Elderly

Adult Diapers

This is probably the most important hygiene aid available for seniors. Incontinence can be a problem as we get older and our muscles no longer work as well as they used to. But it’s a difficult topic to talk about so hopefully, we can cover a few points here. If you need any more help, don’t be afraid to mention it to your doctor.

A good diaper is one that is leak-proof, fully absorbent and easy to change.  If you can find a diaper with odor protection then it’s even better, as that can be embarrassing.

We all know that infants are prone to diaper rash if they have a wet diaper next to their skin for a long time. The same is true of seniors too. Many of the adult diaper brands purposely avoid latex and other hypoallergenic materials with the intention of minimizing diaper rash.

It’s bad enough being incontinent without having to put up with bulky diapers as babies do. That’s why many manufacturers supply diapers that look like normal underwear. It’s always useful to know when the diaper has reached its absorption limit and some diapers provide indicators that tell us when to put on a fresh one.

Prices vary depending on the brand, style, how many are in a pack, the size and absorbency. If you are new to diapers, ask advice from friends who also has this problem and from your healthcare professional. Try a few different ones and when you’ve found a brand that suits, stick with it.

Long Reach Lotion Applicator

To ensure proper hygiene you should use lotion on every part of your body. Older adults have difficulties reaching all the parts when in the shower. Areas such as feet, back and legs are particularly difficult.

A shower brush on the end of a long handle is useful to extend a senior’s reach and enables back scrubbing too. You can also buy long handles with a sponge and a loofah if you prefer those. Prices can be quite inexpensive depending on what you prefer.

Nail Clippers

Clipping toenails can be very difficult as the nails tend to become hard and thick as we get older. Combine that with difficulty in gripping clippers and actually reaching our feet and we have a problem that must be overcome. Its no use leaving them as foot hygiene and toenail maintenance are vital parts of anyone’s personal grooming. Diabetics especially must look after their feet.

There is a range of different types of clippers available, some don’t cost much at all. However, if you have a specialized need they can work out quite expensive. Sometimes your doctor will advise you to see a professional who can deal with your toenails regularly.

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Hands-Free Hair Dryer Holder

Hear dryer holder will let seniors blow their hair with no use of hands. This device would benefit the elderly with tremors, muscle weakness, or other motor disabilities. It is a great solution after shoulder surgery also. It will usually hold most blow dryers, the flexible neck is usually fully adjustable.

Automatic Soap Dispenser

If you often struggle with handling soap or pushing tiny pumps to release liquid soap you need to consider automatic soap dispenser. This hygiene aid removes the need to hold a bar of soap. With sensor soap dispensers, all you need to do is slide your hand underneath, receive some soap and then wash your hands.

No-Rinse Shampoo

This kind of shampoo provides caregivers or seniors with a comfortable alternative to traditional bathing methods. These easy to use personal care products do not require rinsing and reduces the risks inherent to the traditional bathing environment. It can be used whenever a lack of physical limitation, facilities or discomfort.

Denture Adhesive

Dentures can become very uncomfortable if they won’t stay seated as they should. Denture adhesive is, therefore, a very important item to have in your bathroom. There are a few different brands available and each one has its own advantages.

You should see which ones are available in your region. Ask your dentist for advice on how to keep your dentures in place. You never know, your mouth might have changed shape and you’ll need your dentures refitted rather than just some adhesive.

Whats next?

I hope this was a helpful post. For more assistive devices check this list of assistive devices for elderly. If you often cut yourself while shaving you should check these electric razors for elderly men.

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