One part of seniors’ body that they don’t pay too much attention to, while they should, are nails. This shouldn’t be the case, because keeping nails in order and taking good care of them will keep problems such as ingrown toenails or fungal infections away. If your senior can’t or doesn’t want to take care of their nails, you can easily help them address the issue with these tips.
Wear Rubber Gloves While Cleaning
Cleaning with your hands unprotected can inflict severe damage to your skin and nails. That is why older adults should never wash dishes or clean their home without hand protection. The most affordable option is rubber globes that are available in every store. Seniors should always have at least a pair in their house, if not two or three for each major cleaning task.
Buy Special Nail Cream
Many people, and especially seniors, use hand cream. What they fail to do is buy and then use nail cream. These creams are excellent for moisturizing and exfoliation of skin around the nails. The same as with rubber gloves, nail creams can be bought in almost every drugstore, beauty shop, or department store.
Properly Remove Cuticles
Cuticles need to be adequately removed. The best way to do this is not by cutting them, but to apply some cuticle remover cream or gel, and then use a cuticle stick to push them back. If elderly are unable to do this by themselves, they should visit a nail salon.
Clip Nails Regularly
If older adults allow their nails to grow too long, they are in danger of injuring themselves. This is why clipping nails regularly should be a top priority for them. The easiest way to do this is by using nail clippers. If seniors keep their nails at the proper length, then they will be able to do their chores around the house and not worry about breaking a nail.
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