A Helping Hand for Hoosier Alzheimer's Caregivers  - When you need a helping hand

Grooming

The person with dementia may forget how to
perform grooming tasks, like combing hair, caring for fingernails or shaving. He or she
may forget what the purpose is for items like
nail clippers or a comb.

To assist

Maintain grooming routines. If the person has always gone to the beauty shop or a
barber, continue this activity. If the
experience becomes distressing, it may be possible to have the barber or hairstylist
make a visit to the home. Allow the person
to continue using his or her favorite toothpaste, shaving cream, cologne or
makeup.

Perform tasks alongside the person

Comb your hair, and encourage the person to
copy your motions.

Use safer, simpler grooming tools

Cardboard nail files and electric shavers can be less threatening than clippers and razors.

 
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