As we grow older, skin changes are normal. Our skin becomes thinner and drier, may develop wrinkles, creases, and age spots, and bruises easier. Yet a little extra TLC for senior skin can go a long way towards keeping it more radiant and healthy. Try these tips from the aging care professionals at Enhanced Home Care:
- Alter the bathing routine. Trading in long, hot baths for a 10-minute shower or warm-water bath and switching from bar soap to a more gentle cleanser, are great starting points in taking care of aging skin. Encouraging older adults to switch from showering or bathing every day to every other day for will provide additional skin protection. Older adults should follow up with a fragrance-free moisturizer, but stay clear of bath oils, which could raise the danger of a fall.
- Safeguard from the sun’s rays when outside. Springtime is an excellent chance to enjoy the great outdoors together with a senior loved one, but be sure to encourage the use of sunscreen (at least SPF 30), look for the shade, and provide a hat with a brim for additional defense from the sun’s rays.
- Boost humidity when inside. Dry air, naturally, causes dry skin. When heating or air conditioning are operating in an older adult’s home, use a humidifier as well. Check humidity levels with a hydrometer (available at your neighborhood hardware or home improvement store), and strive for a reading of somewhere within 45 and 60%.
- Safeguard working hands. If a senior loved one enjoys assisting with household chores or gardening, make sure he/she wears gloves to protect his/her hands against any harsh chemicals that can aggravate or hurt the skin.
- Check for skin cancer. Make certain that a senior loved one visits the dermatologist at least yearly to be checked for skin cancer, as the risk increases as we grow older. In between visits, check for any spots or moles on the skin regularly, and inform the dermatologist of any changes in color, size, or shape to existing spots or moles. The doctor can also help develop an approach to deal with various other skin conditions the senior is experiencing. To locate a dermatologist locally, search the American Academy of Dermatology’s database.
- Senior transportation and accompaniment to checkups and medical procedures
- Ensuring seniors stay sufficiently hydrated
- Cook healthy, nutritious meals for seniors
- Provide bathing/showering assistance
- Help with housework and laundry
- Encourage physical activity and exercise
- Offer pleasant companionship
- And so much more
with the specialists in senior care at Enhanced Home Care by calling 913-327-0000 any time to let us know how we can assist you. We offer top-rated dementia care in Kansas City and the surrounding areas, designed to help your loved one age safely in the comfort of home.