Skin irritation is uncomfortable and can be painful for your senior, but as a family caregiver, it is important for you to understand that it can also be very dangerous for your aging parent. Seniors have skin that tends to be thinner, more fragile, and more vulnerable than younger people, which means that they could suffer more serious issues related to skin irritation and damage than younger people.
Protecting them from skin irritation will not only help them to stay more comfortable, but will also help to reduce the risk that they will suffer infections and other complications.
Use these tips to care for your senior’s skin to prevent irritation:
• Avoid overexposure to hot water. A long soak in a hot bath can be relaxing, but it can also dry out your parent’s skin and make it more fragile. Limit your parent’s exposure to hot water by encouraging only warm baths and keeping them to no more than 20 minutes.
• Reduce friction. Friction can lead to serious damage and discomfort to your parent’s skin. Help to reduce this friction and protect their skin by ensuring that their skin stays clean and dry. Consider using a cornstarch powder to absorb moisture and allow the skin to move across each other without friction.
• Avoid harsh products. Remember that everything that touches your parent’s skin can impact it. Avoid harsh chemicals in cleaners, cleansers, moisturizers, and other products. These can burn your parent’s skin or cause an allergic reaction even if they have not had such a reaction before. Look for products that are more natural and gentle for safer results.
• Keep dry and cool. Heat and dampness can cause the skin to break down. Take steps to keep your parent’s skin cool and dry, particularly if they are limited in their mobility and stay in their bed or a chair for a large part of the day.
Starting senior homecare for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them throughout the course of your caregiver journey for them. A senior homecare services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they get all of the care, support, assistance, and encouragement that they need as they age in place.
Through a set of highly personalized services tailored specifically to your aging parent’s needs, challenges, and limitations, this senior homecare services provider can help your parent to stay healthy, safe, comfortable, and happy while pursuing a lifestyle that is as independent, active, and engaged as possible throughout their later years.
When it comes to helping them keep their skin healthy and safe, this care provider can support your parent in fulfilling their personal care needs, such as effective bathing, and support good lifestyle choices such as regular handwashing and moisturization. As a family caregiver this can give you peace of mind knowing your senior can live a high quality of life when you are with them and when you are not.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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