Tips for Fast Relief on National Winter Skin Relief Day

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January 8th is National Winter Skin Relief Day. As a family caregiver, it is extremely important for you to understand how dangerous dry and irritated skin can be for an elderly adult. Seniors tend to have skin that is more vulnerable, thinner, dryer, and more easily damaged than that of younger people. This can then make them vulnerable to infections that further compromise their immune system and can potentially put them at risk for further illness and infection.

Proper skin care is a vital first step in protecting skin health and counteracting the effects of winter skin to guard your loved one as they age in place.

Caregiver Loudonville OH - Tips for Fast Relief on National Winter Skin Relief Day

Caregiver Loudonville OH – Tips for Fast Relief on National Winter Skin Relief Day

Use these tips to provide fast relief on National Winter Skin Relief Day and throughout the cold weather season:

  • Add a humidifier to your senior’s home to help diminish the effect of dry winter heating.
  • Encourage your senior to bathe using glycerin soap. This is highly moisturizing and traps moisture in the skin. Be sure to apply high quality moisturizer immediately after bathing to further trap this moisture.
  • Another good cleansing option is to choose one with moisturizing benefits such as oils and aloe.
  • For very dry, chapped hands, warm olive oil gently in the microwave and allow your parent to soak their hands for a few minutes. Lightly pat to remove excess oil and put on a pair of cotton gloves and allow to sit for up to an hour before for gently washing.
  • Use a hand mixer to whip up vegetable shortening with the contents of one vitamin E capsule and apply a small amount to very dry skin.

 

It is important to encourage your parent not to spend too much time in the bath or shower, and to use warm water rather than hot, as too much water and heat can further dry and irritate the skin.

Starting home care can be one of the best decisions you make for your aging parent as they age in place. A caregiver from an agency can provide completely customizable services that address their challenges and needs in the ways that are right for them. Having access to caregiver services can relieve your stress, boost your confidence, and allow you to focus on other aspects of your life as well as your parent in the most effective ways possible.

If you are considering Caregiver Services in Loudonville OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.