For one reason or another, some aging in place seniors struggle with personal hygiene issues like uncleanliness, dirty clothing and body odor. But that poor hygiene places them at risk for social isolation, skin infections and gastroenteritis.

Due to factors like dementia, depression and pride, many elderly persons who don’t practice proper personal hygiene also refuse to accept help from family members. If you’re currently faced with this dilemma, here’s how to convince your loved one to say “yes” to some personal hygiene assistance.

What Should I Look for?

Everyone has their own perspective on what good hygiene looks like, but most would agree that signs of poor hygiene habits in the elderly include:

  • Long, dirty fingernails
  • Unpleasant body odor
  • Unkept hair, including facial hair
  • Stained and ragged clothing
  • Skin with a greasy and dirty appearance
  • Not washing their hands after toileting

In addition to physical warning signs, look for these around your senior’s home:

  • Lingering furniture and carpeting stains