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6 Skin Care Tips for Your Elderly Loved One

Elderly Care in Monticello FL

As your loved one ages, her skin becomes thinner and more susceptible to damage. Certain health conditions or medications can also exacerbate the problem. It’s difficult to see your elderly loved Elderly-Care-Monticello-FLone with scratches or bruises that can turn into painful sores very quickly. Here are some tips to help keep that from happening.

Keep Nails Short

Since scratches can very easily turn into painful wounds, it’s important to lower the risk. One way to do that is to keep your nails and your loved one’s nails shorter and neatly filed. This helps to keep him from scratching himself when going about daily activities. Keeping your nails short and well-manicured is also important to avoid injury.

Use Pillows and Cushions

If your loved one is less mobile, then bruises and bed sores are a risk. Besides changing position frequently, another solution is to use pillows and cushions that help to keep your loved one from developing injuries related to being prone for long periods of time. Ask your loved one’s elderly care providers how to use these to their best advantage.

Use Moisturizers Daily

Moisturizers help to keep skin supple and smooth. They also give the skin nutrients that help it to heal itself more easily. Some moisturizers even protect the skin from specific ailments. Zinc creams, for example, are very helpful for loved ones who need diapers daily.

Check Skin Regularly

After baths and during regular daily activities, like dressing, make it a habit to look over your elderly loved one’s skin. This helps you to spot wounds or potential problem spots well before they turn into something that needs medical attention.

Keep Your Loved One Hydrated

Skin relies heavily on getting water regularly in order to stay healthy. If your loved one isn’t getting enough water, her skin is likely to be dry and fragile, which makes it susceptible to tears and cuts. Try gradually increasing her water intake to help her get more water throughout the day.

Make Sure Your Loved One Eats Protein

Protein is one of the building blocks for our bodies, and the skin needs plenty of protein. Take a look at your loved one’s diet and make sure that he’s getting enough protein to fuel his body and to repair his skin. If he’s not getting enough protein, look for recipes that he enjoys that help him to up his protein intake.

Taking good care of your elderly loved one’s skin isn’t as difficult as it might sound. Make just a few small changes to keep his skin healthy.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Monticello, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552, (GA) 229-236-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.