Posted on Apr 15, 2016
Making Personal Hygiene Easier with PD and In Home Senior Care
You may have a loved one who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. While at times it can be difficult, coping with PD is possible with some help and some life-simplifying tools. Personal hygiene can be made easier with electronics such as shavers and toothbrushes. Tremors in the hands may make it difficult to stay steady while shaving, so it’s safer to use an electric shaver. The famous Michael J. Fox has been coping with PD for many years and he recommends music as a way to find rhythm to successfully brush teeth and shave.
Medications for Parkinson’s disease tend to dry the mouth. A dry mouth leads to more cavities and dental issues. It is recommended that a prescription toothpaste be requested to help with dental hygiene.
Another way to make personal hygiene with PD easier is to sit down when possible when performing grooming activities. This will help with balance and prevent falls. Installing hand rails in and around the shower area will also be helpful for balance and coordination. Placing rubber mats on slippery tiles in bathtubs is also useful for fall prevention.
When your loved one is ready to dress for the day, it is helpful to have the outfit already laid out for them. Use clothing items with minimal buttons and clasps or Velcro when necessary, such as on shoes. Choose the clothes that are easy to put on and recommend to your loved one that they sit on a firm chair while dressing to make the process easier. Extra time should be allowed and expected when dressing.
Coping with daily hygiene tasks can be made easier with the help of an in home caregiver. Whether the assistance is from a family member or a trusted and highly trained caregiver from Senior Helpers, it offers great peace of mind to the family knowing that a loved one is properly cared for. In home senior care allows a loved one coping with PD to stay independent in the comforts of their own home for as long as physically and emotionally possible.
If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home help and the many benefits of professional elderly care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers to speak to a senior care specialist today 619-450-4686! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of San Diego provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Central San Diego and South Bay (Southern portion of San Diego County), including Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Bankers Hill, University Heights, North Park, South Park, Talmadge, SDSU/College Area, Coronado, Spring Valley, Chula Vista, Bonita, National City, Imperial Beach, San Carlos, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove.
Need help with laundry. Have herniated disc in low back and bulging disc in neck, pressing on nerve. Also have fibromyalgia. Carrying laundry and the bending required for machines causes severe low back and neck pain as well as severe fatigue.
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We would be happy to assist with laundry and light housekeeping. Please call our office at 619-569-1501 to discuss your needs in more detail and to set up a time to meet for a free in-home assessment!