Saturday, January 14, 2006

bathing (skin care)

Body odors are a major problem for physically and mentally disabled older people, due to loss of bladder and bowel control and a faster rate of dying cells. Because of this, frequent bathing is necessary.
Although daily bathing is not advisable -- aging skin has less oil and too-frequent baths may exacerbate this condition -- daily local bathing is necessary. The face, groin, underarm and other body creases should be cleansed daily. People who are physically handicapped may find it necessary to place a chair in the shower or attach a bathtub rail to assure safety. Substituting a handheld shower head with an extra long hose may also be useful. Putting a few drops of bath or baby oil on a washcloth and rubbing over the body helps to prevent itching from dry skin.
Gillies, J. A Guide to Caring for and Coping with Aging Parents. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1981.


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