Posted on Apr 14, 2017
Making Personal Hygiene Easier with PD and In Home Care
When a loved one is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, it can feel overwhelming and trying at times when learning how to cope. One way to help those with PD is to learn easy techniques to make getting dressed and taking care of personal hygiene more efficiently. The highly trained caregivers from Senior Helpers of Chattanooga are wonderful resources for families with limited availability to help an elderly loved one on a regular basis.
In order to make dressing easier for a loved one coping with PD is to plan ahead as often as possible. Lay outfits out the night before. Choose clothing items with snaps and zippers instead of hard to maneuver buttons and ties. Whenever possible, take the morning dose of medication a little while before beginning the process of dressing. This will give the meds time to kick and help out with any tremors and other complications of Parkinson’s.
While zippers are preferred over buttons, it is helpful to add zipper pulls to make grasping and handling the zipper tabs easier. Choose looser fitting clothing that easily slips on and off, and avoid items with many buttons. Clothing with snaps and Velcro make dressing a success for a loved one coping with PD. If a tie is desired to add to an outfit, consider buying a clip on neck tie for simpler accessorizing. The most important thing to remember when it comes to dressing is to allow for plenty of time and take it slow.
Installing a handrail around the shower and toilet are very helpful for those coping with PD. This will help to balance while performing personal hygiene activities. It is also helpful to have non slip mats in the bathtub to prevent any falls. When it comes to shaving and dental care, opt for the electric razor and toothbrush. When in the bathroom, it is helpful to have rope or fabric pieces tied to any vanity handles for easier opening and accessing. Door pulls instead of knobs on doors in the bathroom are also great for someone coping with Parkinson’s due to the difficulty in grasping that comes with the disease.
When it comes to making personal hygiene easier with PD, it can be very beneficial to have the compassionate home care of Senior Helpers of Chattanooga. In home care brings peace of mind to family who wish they could help, but are unable to because of limited availability.
If you would like to learn more about the many benefits of caring and consistent in home elderly care and professional dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers to speak to an elderly care specialist today 423-710-1500! Senior Helpers of Chattanooga provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, care for Parkinson’s Disease, companionship, personal assistance, and so much more to all areas of Chattanooga, Hixson, Cleveland, Ooltewah, Signal Mountain, and surrounding areas.