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The importance of keeping clean


Personal health and personal hygiene go h


and-in-hand. As we age our immune system is not as robust as it once was. This means that keeping up good personal hygiene practices can prevent you from catching or spreading forms of disease or illness. Daily washing, cleaning hands before and after handling food, wearing clean clothing, looking after your skin, hair and nails and good oral hygiene are all factors that contribute to keeping healthy.

Personal hygiene is not only important for good health, it is also essential for a person’s self-esteem. Hygiene and personal appearance were highlighted in the UK’s Department of Health online survey conducted in 2006 as factors in maintaining dignity for older people. Keeping in a routine is important as we age. Don’t feel like you have to give up going to the hairdresser or barber just because you reach a certain age. Looking good on the outside helps you feel good on the inside.


As we age, some of us may find it difficult to uphold personal hygiene standards by ourselves. This can be due to a range of factors including illness or injury. There is no need to give up any of the standards you are used to when


this happens. There are a range of options that are available to you if you do feel you could use some extra assistance.

Some people find moving into a retirement facility is the best option for them. Depending on what your needs are, there is a range of levels of


care that can suit your needs. Many facilities have in house hair salon so that you do not have to lose out on this aspect of personal care if you do decide this is the option for you. On Eldernet we list every retirement facility in the country so feel free to see the options in your area here.

Another option is remaining in your own home. There are a range of home support providers throughout the country, of which many offer a wide variety of different services depending on your needs. For example, you might just have trouble getting to your hair appointment so a companion driving service might be of use you. Check out some options here on Eldernet. Or you might need a bit more assistance at home with bathing, which a home care provider might be able to help. Check out some options here on El


dernet.

No matter what you choose, it is important that your personal preferences are respected. This comes down to choosing when and how to carry out personal care tasks, using your own toiletries and choosing what to wear and how to style your hair. These not only insure you are keeping healthy, it is also making sure you maintain control over your care as well as your identity.

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