When you’re looking after your senior loved one’s needs, skin care may get overlooked in favor of things like proper nutrition, fall prevention, or medication compliance. However, aging skin is delicate, and skin breakdown or yeast infections can quickly turn into serious problems for seniors. If you’re caring for an elderly parent, skin care might not be something you’re familiar with, so here are a few simple tips for how to keep your loved one’s skin as healthy as possible.
Bathing & Personal Care
- Create a hygiene schedule that doesn’t include bathing every day of the week to preserve the skin’s moisture
- Avoid overly hot water when showering or bathing, as hot water dries out the skin
- Make sure your loved one dries off thoroughly with a towel after a bath or shower
- Help your loved one use the toilet at least every two hours if he or she has problems with incontinence, as this is a big risk factor for skin breakdown
Seniors with mobility limitations or health issues may find it difficult to care for their skin properly. If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care service families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
Lotions & Moisturizers
- Apply moisturizer daily to the face, hands, and feet, but use lotions that are fragrance-free, and try to avoid perfumes, as certain dyes and scents can irritate the skin
- Favor products with ingredients like aloe or jojoba to keep the skin moist
- Make sure your loved one is wearing sunscreen when he or she goes outside, even if only for a short time, to protect the skin from UV rays and reduce the risk of sunburn
If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Philadelphia seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.
- Avoid tight-fitting clothing that can rub against or irritate the skin, and be particularly mindful of poorly fitting shoes, which can cause sores on the ankles or feet
- Consider using a humidifier in the house, as overly dry air can be irritating to elderly skin
- Make sure your loved one is moving around periodically, as sitting in one place too long can cause skin damage to the buttocks and the backs of the legs
- Encourage your loved one to drink water throughout the day to hydrate the skin
Skin care is just one of the many everyday tasks that can be challenging for some seniors. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of Philadelphia in-home care. Our caregivers provide transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping. Call one of our friendly Care Managers at (215) 645-4663 to learn about ways our experienced caregivers can help your loved one.