Welcome to TP, I can only say that I would not attempt to cut Mums nails, so I have the Chiropodist every 5 or 6 weeks and my sister does Mums fingernails once a month.
Mum is VERY well behaved for both of them and it makes her feel special and it's less stressful for her.
I welcome you also to TP I know from experience with my mothers toe nails after 2years of trying to look after them myself and suffering a lot more stress than my mother ( I feel) . I talked her into seeing a podietrist only last week and I can tell you it is the only way. She performed a little at first but seemed to be quite calm when the lady podietrist talked to her and said it would not hurt.
I have now made appointment for 3 months .
All the best
I, too, have my mother seen every 2 months by a chiropodist. I think it's the easiest way for everyone.
As for the fingernails, is it possible to take her for a manicure? First of course, explaining your problem & seeing if the salon could cope with it. And really, not to have her cuticles worked on or anything like that but massaging her hands & clipping her nails. A coat of nail polish might perk her up also.
The home my mother is in has a manicure session done every so often by volunteers. She used to love having her ail polish done. I found this quite amusing as my mother NEVER wore nail polish when she was well. Now she is past that stage so the personal care aides do it.
hi, just read this thread...thought the whole do it through a podiatrist/chiropodist was encouraging for my future career!!!
just to add that everyones nails (both fingers and toes) grow at different rates and can alter depending on other changes brought about by medication, age etc. so bascially my advice is to keep a mental note or put a date on the calendar and see when you think they need doing again.
another suggestion for those with sensitive nails is to maintain weekly with a file...this works with both fingers and toes!
finally, 'help the aged' also have links to podiatrists/chiropdists...so maybe worth investigation as these people are probably trained to deal with all sorts?