Personal hygiene plays a key role in the prevention of infection and maintaining good health. Good personal hygiene is important for all ages but becomes increasingly important as we grow older. Personal hygiene includes all aspects of daily personal care, such as washing and bathing, toileting, oral care, hand washing, nails & skin care, and is a part of our lives that becomes second nature.
Having a good personal hygiene routine reduces the risk of many types of conditions and health problems as well as helping to prevent infections such as cold and flu. It can also enhance mental health and wellbeing such as boosting self-esteem and confidence in social environments and improve quality of day-to-day life.
As we can all imagine when personal hygiene deteriorates it can become extremely uncomfortable to experience. We know it isn’t always easy to have open discussions with family members regarding personal hygiene and loved ones can often be reluctant to ask for help. For those with reduced mobility or those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, personal hygiene can, unfortunately, get forgotten or become too difficult to maintain independently.
At Bridgewater Home Care our Care Specialists are dedicated to providing trustworthy, reliable care that allows loved ones to remain safe and comfortable, independently at home. It is our passion to support loved ones with all aspects of their day-to-day lives at home, including helping them to maintain a good personal hygiene routine. This can be as simple as reminding them to wash their hands or brush their teeth every day, to more specialist personal care such as bathing and grooming. We want all our clients to feel they can approach our Care Specialists with confidence to receive help with their personal care routine.
Personal care can be a sensitive subject to discuss, however our Care Specialists are expertly trained to have those conversations, treating clients with respect and complete discretion. We will help to identify areas where personal support may be required and provide practical, reliable solutions from the comfort of the home.
With our tailored personal hygiene services, we provide care centred around the preferences and plans of the individual. We take time to talk to our clients about their personal preferences and day-to-day routine, providing solutions that help with a loved ones personal hygiene that won’t interfere with their day. By creating a routine it can be a great way to help with memory loss or forgetfulness and can be a way to introduce structure into the day.
We also take time to get to know how our clients like things doing. When caring for individuals it is important to us that we understand their preferences and respect any wishes they have. We discuss with family members and clients preferences in relation to bathing or showering, including how many times and what forms of personal assistance would be required during the day and how we can make these as personalised to the individual as possible.
If you think a loved one could benefit from extra personal care and support from home, please get in touch with our friendly team to discuss personalised, tailored care.
If you are interested in the services that Bridgewater Home Care can offer then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01942 215 888, our friendly and professional team will be delighted to assist.