Hygiene and body odor are common among seniors. It is a topic difficult to talk about with an elderly parent. Most seniors want to maintain their independence and bad hygiene can threaten this independence. It could not only be a personal issue, but a health issue. Read on to find out how to improve hygiene for your elderly parent.
Determine the Reason
A conversation about poor hygiene is a sensitive issue. It helps to find out if a health issue is the caused of the smell. You want to learn more before asking your parent about the topic. If your parent is having memory loss problems, then daily reminders and assistive technology may help. Other health issues may include depression, sensory decline and physical changes. However, you should schedule an appointment with your elderly parent’s doctor.
During the appointment, you should express your concerns. Your doctor can do a physical … Read More