Low self-esteem can be deeply rooted, with origins in traumatic experiences. In later life, self-esteem can be undermined by ill health, negative life events, and a general sense of lack of control. Seniors with dementia or declining mental health can often begin to neglect their personal care and hygiene. They may start to wear the same clothes repeatedly or forget to bath and wash. Personal care is an important aspect not only of maintaining good health and hygiene, but also improving self-esteem. Good personal care can also improve the mental disposition of anyone receiving care.
Colby Murphy, Freudenthal preceptor and trainer, makes sure every caregiver he trains knows the phrase “look good, feel good!” Psychology Today agrees with Mr. Murphy, listing wearing clean clothes as #4 on their top 10 list of ways to boost self esteem.
If you or a loved one can no longer manage to make it up and down the stairs to the laundry room, don’t hesitate to call Freudenthal at 816-676-8050 and talk to us about starting personal care services. Not only do we want you to receive first-class care, we also want you to feel better about yourself. We truly care for each and every one of our clients.