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Warm Weather Hygiene Tips for Seniors

If your senior parent has difficulties with tasks like showering, brushing their teeth, and washing their hair personal care at home can help.
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Now that the weather is getting warmer seniors need to pay more attention to their hygiene. To avoid embarrassment and to protect their skin from rashes and irritations in hot weather hygiene is important.

Everyone should be concerned with hygiene in the warm weather. But seniors can develop rashes, infections, and other issues if they aren’t careful. That’s one of the reasons why seniors need personal care at home.

If your senior parent has difficulties with tasks like showering, brushing their teeth, and washing their hair personal care at home can help. If your senior parent has personal care at home a care provider that is trained to safely help seniors with hygiene tasks will help your senior parent stay fresh and clean. They can help with washing, bathing, getting dressed, and other tasks.

Some easy summer hygiene tips that will help seniors stay rash-free, cool, and healthy even in the hottest weather are:

Keep Skin Clean and Dry

Regular showers are important, especially in hot weather. Using antibacterial soap will help remove bacteria that could cause a rash or infection. After a shower seniors need to make sure their skin is dry before putting on clothes. A care provider can help seniors get fully dry after a shower.

Wear Natural Fibers

The best summer clothes for seniors are lightweight loose clothes that are made from natural fibers like cotton or linen. Cotton and linen are breathable fabrics that will allow air to circulate and dry any sweat on the skin. That will lower the risk of heat rash.  It can also help eliminate sweat odor.

Stay Cool

Seniors should stay indoors where there is air conditioning or a fan during the hottest part of the day. Typically, the hottest part of the day is from mid-afternoon until the sun goes down. Seniors who go outside should stay in the shade whenever possible.

Keep It Loose

Tight clothing can trap heat and moisture against the skin, increasing the risk of heat rash. Your senior parent should avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes, especially in areas where friction is common, such as under the arms or around the waist. Make sure they have plenty of loose clothing for the hot weather.

Pay Attention To Skin Folds

When showering or washing seniors need to pay particular attention to keeping skin folds, such as those around the neck, under the breasts, or in the groin area, clean and dry. Applying absorbent powders or moisture-wicking products to help absorb excess moisture and reduce friction. A care provider can make sure that seniors are using the right products to get rid of moisture.

Use Gentle Products

Seniors should choose gentle, hypoallergenic skincare products that are free of fragrances and harsh chemicals. Harsh soaps or heavily fragranced soaps irritate the skin and make heat rash worse. Gentle soaps and shampoos made for babies are also fantastic for seniors. Oatmeal soaps can also be very soothing for the skin.

Keep It Cool

Seniors should take cool showers and baths to soothe their skin after a long day of being out in the heat.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Personal Care at Home in Covington, LA, please contact the caring staff at BrightCare Homecare today at (985) 224-0404
BrightCare Homecare is a top provider of home care services in the Northshore areas including Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, Hammond, Ponchatoula, Slidell, Lacombe, Abita Springs, Goodbee, St. Tammany Parish, and more.
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