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Parkinson’s, Personal Care & Privacy Concerns

By Mary-Frances Walsh, 8:00 am on

As Parkinson’s progresses, it becomes increasingly challenging for senior adults to keep up with their personal hygiene routine. Yet, many seniors resist assistance due to their modesty and concerns about losing their independence. If your loved one requires help with bathing and other hygiene tasks, the Sonoma County senior care experts from Home Care Assistance offer a few strategies that can help you to meet their needs while promoting dignity and respect.

Focus on Independence

Parkinson’s patients should be encouraged to help with their hygiene as much as their abilities will allow. For many hygiene tasks, assistive devices can be provided that will make it easier to bathe and brush their teeth. For example, grab rails can be installed in showers to prevent falling, and electric toothbrushes with special handles may make it possible for seniors to manage their dental care with minimal assistance.

Create a Private Space

When it becomes necessary to help an older adult with personal tasks such as bathing, it is still possible to provide some privacy. If a loved one feels exposed during bathing routines, offer them a towel to cover up with as they are being bathed. A curtain can also be hung around a patient’s bed to provide privacy as they are being dressed. If possible, minimize the amount of people that are around during personal care so that only the caregiver is present.

Offer Choices

When your loved one is allowed to make decisions regarding their care, they will have a sense of control that will maintain their dignity. Take the time to reassure your loved one throughout their hygiene routine and offer options such as the type of soap they would like to use. When help is needed with toileting and bathing, respect your loved one’s preferences for their caregiver. For many older adults, it can be upsetting to have their adult child provide these types of care, and having a member outside of the family, such as a professional Sonoma County hourly caregiver, may ease their discomfort.

By communicating with your loved one and respecting their preferences, you will ensure their dignity while providing essential hygiene. For more information about caring for a senior loved one with Parkinson’s, reach out to Home Care Assistance Sonoma County today. We are proud to provide Parkinson’s care Sonoma County families trust, with no long-term contracts or commitments required. Call 707-843-4368 and request your free, no-obligation consultation today.