What Can You Do to Make Taking Care of Your Loved One’s Hair Easier?
For some elderly loved ones, having to turn over care of their hair is jarring for them. As your loved one’s family caregiver, her hair care may now fall to you. Making that job as easy as possible can be sanity saving for you.
Keep Everything as Simple as Possible
Your elderly loved one might have been used to one particular style, or even several different ones, that she really loved. As she ages, however, that can be difficult for her and for you to manage. A better option is to have a simple cut that works well for your loved one and is still appealing. Simple is much more efficient for both of you.
Get Help from a Professional
Not everyone is gifted in managing their own hair, much less someone else’s. If that’s the case for you, don’t feel bad about it. Look at this as an opportunity to outsource to a professional. Make regular appointments with a hair dresser to help you manage your loved one’s hair. Once a week appointments may be often enough, especially if you can supplement with some products at home.
Look into Dry Shampoos
Dry shampoos are one of the most useful tools you can use in between visits to your loved one’s hair dresser. They’re easy to use and they are less disturbing to your elderly loved one than having her hair washed at home can be. You can also have your loved one’s hair dresser show you how to best use these products when you bring them home.
Lower Your Expectations a Little Bit
One key for both you and your loved one may be that you need to lower your expectations a little bit in order to cope with your loved one’s new reality. Lowering your expectations doesn’t mean that your loved one now looks unkempt or that her hair is left unwashed. What it might mean for your loved one is that you wash her hair every other day or that her hair isn’t as intricately styled as it used to be.
As you and your loved one develop your own routine, you’ll start to discover other tips that work well for her and for you.