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4 Ways In-Home Care Nurses Help Seniors Maintain Personal Hygiene


Look good, feel good is the motto! We believe in the importance of maintaining a relationship with oneself in order to promote positive health outcomes. Personal hygiene is a set of practices that support healthy living, can give you confidence and self esteem, and can prevent the spread of disease. However, restricted mobility and physical or mental health issues can make maintaining personal hygiene difficult. A common problem that seniors may know all too well.


The responsibility of a nurse in assisting seniors with personal hygiene is not simply limited to physical care; it also includes educating them about the significance of good hygiene, motivating them to maintain hygiene practises, and offering emotional support. Nurses can assist seniors with personal hygiene in a number of ways, including the following:

  • Assistance With Bathing and Grooming: For seniors with limited mobility or physical limitations, bathing and grooming are important aspects of personal hygiene. In-home care nurses can assist seniors with grooming tasks, including tooth brushing, hair washing, showering, and nail trimming. Nurses can also aid in selecting the best products for their skin type and ensuring appropriate application.

  • Monitoring Skin Health: As we age, our skin becomes more delicate and susceptible to infections, dryness, and irritability. In-home care nurses can assist seniors in keeping an eye on the condition of their skin, seeing any warning signs of skin issues, and treating or preventing them.

  • Promoting Good Oral Hygiene: With proper oral hygiene, seniors can keep their teeth and gums health while preventing the spread of bacteria and illnesses. In-home care nurses can offer advice on the proper toothpaste and toothbrush to use, assist seniors with brushing and flossing, and promote routine dental checkups.

  • Encourage Health Habits: In-home care nurses can help seniors establish healthy routines that support good personal hygiene, such as frequent handwashing, the use of antibacterial wipes, eating a balanced diet, keeping physically activate, and getting adequate sleep.


In summary, in-home care nurses can increase seniors' general health and wellbeing by offering emotional and practical assistance, promoting good hygiene habits, forming healthy routines, and monitoring their personal hygiene to make sure they continue to be clean, healthy, and at ease. Contact Nurse On Wheels Inc. (NOW) to get started on your loved one's home care plan.


Nurse On Wheels Inc. is proudly partnered with Alberta Blue Cross to help reach your health potential from the comfort of home.

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