Why Do Some Older Adults Refuse to Bathe or Wear Clean Clothes?
When it comes to caring for the elderly, hygiene issues are surprisingly common. Determining why their bathing habits have changed is the best way to devise a successful strategy for getting a senior to shower regularly and wear clean clothes. There are many possible culprits, and several factors often combine to form a perfectly unhygienic storm.
At best, poor hygiene can result in minor body odor and an unkempt appearance. However, extreme changes in bathing habits can border on self-neglect, affect a senior’s social life (and quality of life by extension), and even jeopardize their health. Frustrated family caregivers often struggle to convince aging loved ones to bathe more often. The solution seems simple, but there is often much more to this issue than meets the eye.
Continue reading on Agingcare for reasons why this may happen and tips for how to handle it:
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