Correlation Between Personal Hygiene Care and High Stress May 20 2015
By 2050, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to be 88.5 million, more than double its population of 40.2 million in 2010.(1) These Americans could have been diagnosed with medical conditions that affect their daily living activities especially taking care of their personal hygiene. The increase in the over 65 population is going to put a strain on medical professionals and on hospitals. This is going to cause an increase with In-Home Health Care or help from family members. According to Options For Senior America about 70% of adult care receivers get help from family members, friends, or neighbors and about 30% rely on paid caregivers.(2)
Not being able to take care of personal hygiene can increase stress
What is stress? There are different types of stress, each can affect a person differently. There is chronic stress, which over a period of time will produce complications such as sleep deprivations, daily “hassles” ongoing work over-load, or social isolation (3). Stress responses vary from person to person however the impact of stress is very similar for all. Stress can also cause psychological problems that could lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, and anger (3).
A person can also experience stress by not being able to do everyday living tasks that they used to do. For example, not being able to take care of their personal hygiene and grooming could add a lot of stress. Personal hygiene is a task that happens daily and not being able to take care of it themselves and relying on another personal could create stress. Personal hygiene is an important issue to be discussed because people can withdraw, become depressed, have a decrease in social engagement due to the stress and embarrassment of not being able to properly take care of their personal hygiene.
Being able to minimize the causes of stress in their life; can increase the quality of life and also lead them to live more independently. This is a serious issue that is rarely talked about in depth but if a person would talk about it to their doctor, occupational therapist, physical therapist, or friend they could help with finding a solution or reducing the emotional feelings that come with not being able to take care of one’s personal hygiene.
Reducing stress when it comes to personal hygiene can benefit medical professionals and patients
- Reduces Infections in patients and the spread of potential infections from room to room
- Reduces hospital stays for the patient for they are able to take care of their own personal hygiene thus they can go home
- Increase ROI for the hospital since they have a faster healing experience
- Better relationship between patient and caregiver due to less stress and frustration by being able to take care of their personal hygiene.
Being given an option to receive or purchase a personal hygiene device a patient has an opportunity to improve their quality of life, reduce stress, and live more independently then having a caregiver helping out with their personal hygiene.
Help Them Regain Their Independence with Personal Hygiene
As Steve Maraboli said -
Don’t let stress cause them physical or emotional problems have them make a health plan, talk to a doctor, or find what would help them reduce stress in their life.