Since his stroke, your dad has been on a slow path to recovery. He needs help with housekeeping and meal preparation. He has to have someone drive him around. That covers his companionship needs, but what about his hygiene and grooming? Have you looked at the benefit of personal care at home services?
Showering and Dressing
When he showers, your dad requires a shower chair now. He has to have help getting onto the shower chair. Then, he needs help washing his body, shampooing his hair, and rinsing off.
Once he’s showered, he’ll need help applying moisturizer and drying off. If he needs help applying deodorant, personal care at home aides can help him.
Once he’s showered and has deodorant applied to his armpits, it’s time for your dad to get dressed. He has to have help buttoning his shirts and pants, zipping up zippers, and snapping snaps. He can’t tie his shoes. A caregiver is needed to help with all of these.
Invest in clothing that is easy for your dad to put on. If he’s having a hard time manipulating zippers or buttons, look for elastic waistbands or pullovers with wide necklines.
After he uses the toilet, can your dad clean up without help? After a stroke, it’s unlikely he can do this on his own. Someone needs to help him clean his skin to prevent irritation or infection.
Oral, Facial Care and Nail Care
His loss of fine motor control makes it impossible for your dad to brush and floss his teeth. Hire caregivers to help him brush his teeth. If he uses a water flosser, his caregiver will do that first, brush his teeth after, and then floss them after. If he uses a fluoride rinse after he brushes his teeth, his caregiver can pour the right amount and help him get the cup to his mouth.
Your dad has to have someone else to help him shave each day. His caregiver can apply shaving cream, shave the areas where he doesn’t want facial hair, and clean up after. If he likes having moisturizer or aftershave applied to his face, his caregiver can finish his facial care routine with that.
The final thing that personal care aides can help with is nail care. Caregivers can trim your dad’s fingernails and toenails and file rough edges. While trimming his nails, his caregiver can also massage him in foot cream if needed. This can help keep his heels from drying out or cracking.
Hire Personal Care at Home Aides
You can do all of this yourself, but you have to be honest. How comfortable are you helping your dad with grooming and hygiene? How comfortable is he knowing you are the one who is helping him?
Hire personal care at home providers to help your dad take care of his skin, hair, nails, and teeth. Caregivers can help him with all necessary aspects of hygiene and grooming. Learn more by calling our home care agency.