As we grow older, skin changes are normal. Our skin becomes thinner and drier, may develop wrinkles, creases, age spots, and bruises easier. However, a little extra TLC for senior skin can go a long way towards keeping it more vibrant and healthy. Consider these tips from the aging care experts at Inspired Home Care:
- Alter the bathing routine. Trading in long, hot baths for a 10-minute shower or warm-water bath and switching bar soap with a gentler cleanser are excellent places to begin in taking care of aging skin. Encouraging a senior to switch from showering or bathing every day to every other day can provide additional protection for his or her skin. Seniors should also follow bathing with a fragrance-free moisturizer; however, steer clear of bath oils, they might increase the danger of a fall.
- Safeguard from the sun’s rays when outside. Springtime is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy nature outdoors with a senior loved one; however, don’t forget to suggest to cover his or her skin with sunscreen (at least SPF 30), look for the shade, and supply a hat with brim for additional protection against the sun’s rays.
- Increase humidity when indoors. Dry air, naturally, brings about dried-out skin. When heating or A/C are operating in an older loved one’s home, utilize a humidifier, too. Monitor humidity levels with a hydrometer (available at the local hardware or home improvement store), and strive for a reading of somewhere within 45 and 60 percent.
- Protect working hands. If a senior you know takes pleasure in helping with household chores or gardening, make sure he/she wears gloves to shield the hands against any harsh chemicals that could possibly irritate or hurt the skin.
- Check for skin cancer. Ensure that a senior loved one goes to the dermatologist at least annually to be checked for skin cancer, because the risk increases as we grow older. In between appointments, be aware of any spots or moles on the skin, and inform the dermatologist of any alterations in color, size, or shape to pre-existing spots or moles. The physician can also help design a strategy to deal with any other skin issues the senior is dealing with. To find a dermatologist close by, search the American Academy of Dermatology’s database.
- Transportation for seniors and accompaniment to checkups and surgical procedures
- Making certain seniors stay sufficiently hydrated
- Preparing healthy, nutritious meals for seniors
- Providing bathing/showering assistance
- Helping with housework and laundry
- Encouraging physical activity and exercise
- Offering pleasant companionship
- And much more
Get in touch with the experts in senior care at Inspired Home Care by calling 847-787-7572 any time to let us know how we can assist you. We are the Barrington elder care experts, offering top-rated, specialized in-home care in the Chicago area and the surrounding suburbs.