Caring for an elderly persons fingernails.
I can’t stand the thought of eating food with my fingers and having dirty fingernails. However if you are elderly and have poor eyesight and stiff, painful arthritic fingers, caring for your nail becomes difficult if not impossible.
Long finger nails harbour dirt and germs and increase the risk of cuts and scratches. This in turn is not ideal if someone elderly is taking blood thinning medication because the scratches will bleed quite happily.
As we age our fingernails can thicken and become tough so soaking them help well in warm water will soften them and make them easier to cut. Using nail clippersor special heavy duty clippers will make life easier if you are helping care for someone with thick, tough nails. I find a flexible soft toothbrush a useful addition to a nail brush and file the nails with an emery board.
When an elderly person has to spend time in hospital, sadly quite often their nails will not be cared for simply down to a lack of time. I find it useful to include nail care items in their wash bag so someone visiting may offer to help clean and tidy them up.