Residents Care & ADL
The well-being and the health of the residents depend on the provision of care that the health care team provides. It is therefore vital to enhance those skills and follow the protocols of the facility in order to maintain the safety and security of our residents.The roles and responsibilities of nurses and nursing assistants should be taken seriously, since they can affect the status of residents health.
Personal Care Skills
Personal care to residents is a daily routine that nurses and nursing assistants are providing since they are needed every day.
Activities of Daily Living
It is one of your responsibilities to assist and support residents in accomplishing their activities of daily living (ADL). Such responsibilities require knowledge, constant practice and a good attitude towards the residents in care. Residents, just like healthy people, need freshening up every day to feel fresh and clean. Being clean keeps them away from germs and bacteria that can cause various diseases.
The older a person becomes, the more dry their skin becomes. This is due to lesser production of oil by the sebaceous glands. The drier the skin is, easier it breaks even if it is not visible. It does not mean that bathing is totally eliminated in the care of the elderly residents but instead they should be less frequent and a substituted for it is a partial bathing.
Good personal care not only removes dirt, body odors and secretions, but also germs that may be thriving in any part of the body. Proper hygiene can makes residents feel more relaxed, approves their looks and also lifts their spirits.
Activities of Daily Living Include:
- Oral Care
- Grooming- Another part of the activities of daily living of residents is grooming which includes shaving, care of the hair, pedicure and care of supportive devices such as hearing aids and eyeglasses. Grooming not only makes residents feel and look clean, but also promotes a better self-image.
- Rest & Comfort