At the point when aging loved ones need help from a family caregiver, they are often physically or cognitively declining and cannot do many common tasks for themselves, centering on self-care and home care. When a family caregiver steps in, they often underestimate how challenging it is to be the assistant to seniors who may resist that help. One area where many family caregivers struggle to help out is with grooming tasks, particularly washing their aging loved one’s hair.
Here are 5 tips and advice for family caregivers who are dealing with a stubborn elderly relative and how they can make hair washing less of a conflict:
1. Separate Hair Washing from Bathing and Showering
Many aging adults don’t want to be in the bath or shower any longer than is necessary. They may feel embarrassed, vulnerable, cold or worried about their safety with slipping and falling. By separating hair washing into a separate and more controlled event, family caregivers can focus on a quick shower or bath and save washing hair for another day.
2. Learn When Hair Washing is Needed
Many health experts say that seniors don’t need to have their hair washed as often as people think. Depending on their body’s needs, most aging adults only need their hair washed once or twice per week. With age, the skin isn’t as oily and hair does not need to be washed as frequently. Family caregivers can experiment with how often their aging loved one’s hair truly needs washed and do it accordingly.
3. Create a Hair Wash Station
It’s convenient to wash an elderly loved one’s hair when they are sitting up or laying down and clothed in a robe. this takes a lot of stress away from the experience. There are many products on the market that facilitate a fast hair washing, from leave-in shampoo, inflatable hair wash basins, dry shampoo and salon-style sinks that allow seniors to lay their heads back. Family caregivers can gather all the shampoo, towels, washcloths and other items together, so the hair washing is efficient, fast and thorough.
4. Hire a Professional Home Care Provider
Sometimes when seniors are stubborn about washing their hair, they are resisting the idea of a family member taking care of them. Hiring a home care provider takes the personal and emotional baggage out of the experience. Home care providers are professional and effective in convincing seniors about keeping themselves clean and groomed. Home care providers can often make seniors feel as if they are getting a salon experience instead of a routine hair wash from a family member.
5. Allow Seniors to Help Whenever Possible
Many seniors are stubborn about getting help on daily tasks they can no longer do because they are frustrated or saddened by their diminishing abilities. When family caregivers let them do as much as they can on their own, instead of stepping in and just doing it, the seniors feel more independent and less like a burden.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Health Care in Helena, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan still owns and operates a successful accounting firm in Pelham.She believes that the combination of her business experience and compassion for others is a perfect blend to grow Senior Legacy into a leader in the senior home care industry.Susan is committed to the further growth of Senior Legacy’s clients, employees, and surrounding community.
Susan has four wonderful children, and three amazing grandkids.She loves spending time with her family and enjoys traveling and gardening in her down time.
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