If you are a full-time caregiver for your elderly relative, you know how important it is to ensure they are kept clean and groomed. Some seniors are very good about taking regular baths or showers and washing their hair. However, some elderly adults resist it, to the detriment of their own health. When your aging loved one is being stubborn about getting their hair washed, you must come up with some strategies and techniques for getting the job done with less resistance.
Good hair care is an important part of an elderly person’ health as well as their self-esteem. If they look groomed and clean, they will feel better about themselves. They will also avoid many health issues with the scalp and hair when they regularly wash their hair. Too many stubborn seniors will fight their family caregivers when it comes to bathing and washing. If your elderly loved one resists frequently, you probably could use some tips to make the process easier for both of you.
Here are a few things you can do to make things smoother with your stubborn senior and washing their hair:
Set a Schedule
When your elderly loved one knows when to expect their hair washing, they may not have to worry about it the rest of the week. With a set schedule, you both can prepare for it.
Consider the Water Source
Some seniors grow uncomfortable washing their hair with deep bath water. It makes them worried and nervous. Others dislike overhead shower water or they worry about a slip and fall accident. Still, others may simply feel uncomfortable spending any more time than necessary undressed in front of a family member. They may do better with simply bathing and then washing their hair in the sink. You can see if your aging relative might feel better when any of these water source worries are taken care of.
Wash Hair Less Frequently
Seniors don’t need to wash their hair as often as they did when they were younger. For most elderly adults, a thorough hair washing once a week is usually sufficient. In between washings, you can use dry shampoo spray or shampoo powder to keep it fresh and clean. Many elderly adults also like no water shampoo, a foaming product that just wipes out with a towel.
Let Someone Else Do It
Sometimes an elderly person is the most resistant to family members but may do better with outsiders. A home care aide may be more businesslike and get more cooperation from your aging loved one. Trained home care aides know the best and most efficient ways to bathe or shower an elderly person, including washing their hair. Likewise, a mobile salon service can come into the home and perform the services every week or two.
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