You know that feeling you get when you put on your favorite outfit or have a “good hair day?” It just makes you happier, doesn’t it? You feel good about yourself and it gives your confidence and self-image a boost. Well, older adults have those feelings, too.
Now, imagine that you couldn’t drive yourself to get a hair cut or buy new clothes. Or, what if your clothing choices were limited because your fingers were incapable of manipulating buttons or you couldn’t grasp the pull on a zipper? And, think about how difficult it would be to put on makeup, shave, or style your hair if one hand didn’t work due to a stroke. Sadly, trouble with personal care and dressing isn’t uncommon for older adults. Not looking their best can affect a senior’s self-esteem, but elder care can help them to look better and feel better about themselves.
Here are 5 ways an elder care provider can keep your loved one looking and feeling their best.
Assistance with Shaving
Elderly men may have difficulty shaving because of shaky hands or trouble gripping the handle of a razor. However, their facial hair doesn’t stop growing just because their abilities change. An elder care provider can help them to hold their hand steady while they shave themselves or shave for them. They can also help older women to shave their legs or under their arms.
Laundry and Ironing
Older adults may have difficulty doing their own laundry because the baskets of clothes are too heavy, or they cannot bend to get clothes out of the machine. As a result, clothing can appear dirty or stained, giving them a shabby, unkempt appearance. Elder care providers can do laundry for your aging relative. And, if clothes come out of the dryer wrinkled, they can even iron them to keep the senior looking sharp.
Help with Makeup
Women who have worn makeup all their lives may feel better wearing a bit of rouge or some lipstick when they go out of the house, but aged hands may make it hard to put it on correctly. An elder care provider can tastefully apply makeup for your older family member.
Joints that don’t move freely make dressing difficult. Seniors may lack the ability to bend their arms, legs, and back to pull on clothing. They may also have problems fastening clothes. Elder care providers can help them to dress while still preserving their dignity as much as possible.
Although they may not be able to give your older family member an entirely new look like a hair dresser can, an elder care provider can help them to comb and style their hair in the morning so they feel ready to greet the day.