Looking Good Can Lead to Feeling Good – 5 Ways Elder Care Can Help

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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.

Elder Care Bellville OH - Looking Good Can Lead to Feeling Good – 5 Ways Elder Care Can Help

Elder Care Bellville OH – Looking Good Can Lead to Feeling Good – 5 Ways Elder Care Can Help

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.

Dressing

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.

Hair Styling

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.

If you are considering Elder Care Services in Bellville 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.