Bring the hair washing tray over the shoulders; the U shape opening placed against the neck and the alternate end in the sink. Scoop warm water and wet their hair. Apply shampoo lightly and wash the elderly person’s hair. Pour some more water on the hair and rinse meticulously until you’re pleased with the results.
Generally speaking, older adults may only need to wash their hair around once per week. For seniors who are hesitant to wash with greater frequency, dry shampoos can be effective in the days between wet washing.
Bathing once or twice a week is acceptable for older adults, as the purpose is to prevent the skin from breaking down and lower the risk of skin infections. Seniors also tend to be less active than younger adults, so they can get away with fewer baths. However, you don’t want your loved one to develop body odor.
Next, start the bathing process:
Here’s a list of some reasons the elderly may have for not bathing: They may experience pain while standing, bending or sitting. They may have a fear of water and/or its sound—this is especially true for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. They may fear falling on hard bathroom due to poor balance.
Scoop warm water from the full bucket to wet their hair. Use a small amount of shampoo to wash their hair – using too much will make it difficult to rinse out. Scoop warm water to rinse hair completely. If hair is very dirty, shampoo and rinse again.
Sponge bathing is most often used (you can use a sponge or a washcloth). Fill two basins, one with warm soapy water for washing and one with plain warm water for rinsing. Use a new washcloth for different areas. Remove clothes, wash and dry the area, and re-dress in sections to prevent your parent from getting cold.
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, older adults normally need anywhere from 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Some sleep experts suggest sleeping a bit longer is better for someone like an 80-year-old man.