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Hand washing and staying at home.

Tonilou

New member
Jun 11, 2019
3
I care for an 88 year old lady with dementia. She lives alone but I go in regularly. I’m still seeing her with the support of her family, but I’m the only one meant to be having face to face contact to keep both her and me safe. She’s still going out and walking down to her granddaughters house, being calmly walked home again. But I cannot seem to get her to wash her hands properly. She’s not even using soap but literally rinsing her fingers under the tap for a few seconds. Any advice? I’ve tried social stories, big signs for her to read and showing her what to do but it’s not going in.
 

Bunpoots

Volunteer Host
Apr 1, 2016
4,519
Nottinghamshire
Could you ask her to wash something in soapy water? Maybe some cups or cloths. Not as good as hand washing but probably better than a quick rinse under the tap.
 

Sanitary Sue

New member
Mar 27, 2020
3
I live with my elderly parents and 2 children. My mother who is 83 always acts like she is invincible - with the Corona virus it's no different. Goes shopping several times a day and rarely washes hands also insists on doing all the cooking as she has always done. Gets very angry if we try to explain the risks. The best thing you can do is to clean regularly used surfaces and door handles - washing up liquid is as good as Dettol according to Which? consumer magazine - and wash your own hands.
 

MrsV

Registered User
Apr 16, 2018
161
Northamptonshire
I live with my elderly parents and 2 children. My mother who is 83 always acts like she is invincible - with the Corona virus it's no different. Goes shopping several times a day and rarely washes hands also insists on doing all the cooking as she has always done. Gets very angry if we try to explain the risks. The best thing you can do is to clean regularly used surfaces and door handles - washing up liquid is as good as Dettol according to Which? consumer magazine - and wash your own hands.
I care for an 88 year old lady with dementia. She lives alone but I go in regularly. I’m still seeing her with the support of her family, but I’m the only one meant to be having face to face contact to keep both her and me safe. She’s still going out and walking down to her granddaughters house, being calmly walked home again. But I cannot seem to get her to wash her hands properly. She’s not even using soap but literally rinsing her fingers under the tap for a few seconds. Any advice? I’ve tried social stories, big signs for her to read and showing her what to do but it’s not going in.
Hi there,
My Mum 84, with dementia is the same. Lives alone and doesn't understand anything at all anymore. She has carers coming in 3 x daily and gets very annoyed with them if they dare splash water around the sink, She argued with me when I washed my hands upon arrival at her house, and every time I wash my hands or use the hand sanitizer (that I bought her), she thinks its hand cream and a present. We try to get her to wash her hands but she refuses. So we put dishes in the sink and she will happily wash them for about 15 mins - or ask her to wash the tea towels, at least it helps with her handwashing.

Another thing she does now is wipe the floor with the tea towel, then dry the dishes with the same tea towel, and you cant get it out of her hand to be put in the wash. I keep putting them in the wash, and she gets them out, nightmare to keep on top of.
 

occupied99

Registered User
Jan 3, 2020
177
Hi I use a hot flannel and any type of liquid soap,you may not find anti bac soap,I bought a few bottles from Tesco last week for babies,it's a good price at £1 one is called head to toe wash and the other cuddly soft baby wash they are branded Fred and Flo and I think it's a range designed to compete with Aldi and Lidl,they are fine as soap if you have a Tesco near you,Savers have Dove soap in dump bins but that's a bar,somebody will have soap even if it's a corner shop or even a garage
If your stuck watered down fairly liquid would be fine put some in a basin with warm water and give the cloth a swish around in it,make sure you have a manicure set to clean underneath nails,my mum gets pink eye from dirty hands rubbing her eyes
 
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