Are you trying to think of something special to do for and/or with your senior parent? I spotted the greatest idea this week on Google + from HomeInstead Senior Care. They suggested giving them a pedicure at home, and added some great suggestions for how to do just that.
Sadly, I have to confess, I can't stand the sound of nail clippers. It's like fingernails screeching down a chalkboard to me. I don't know why. I've just always been that way. I can barely do my own feet, and I was always reticent about doing it to my kids soft toenails, though they aren't too bad. Unfortunately though, as we grow older, our toenails get tougher as I'm seeing with my own feet. The good news, though, is that according to my nursing assistant handbook, that's not necessarily a bad thing! Cutting our beloved senior citizen's toenails incorrectly could actually lead to nasty infections and worse!
For my senior dad, I still have lovely memories of my kids giving their grandpa a pedicure with peel off polish when they would visit. We all had such fun watching and laughing at the whole process. Later, when they moved near me as his health was deteriorating, my mom and I used to take him out for a lovely lunch and then a stop at a nail salon that did men and women's nails. He loved chatting with the sweet woman who regularly helped him and always left with a smile on his face.
When my senior mom was having feet issues and was referred to a podiatrist, we discovered her wonderful doctor routinely includes nail clipping in the process. After reading my text book, I thanked them doubly last time as I know it is a huge safety blessing for her as well as me.
We always make the trip to the podiatrist fun with lunch out, some shopping, the doctor's and then a yummy blizzard at Dairy Queen on the ride home. She is not a nail-polish sort of person, nor am I. But we have daughters and granddaughters who love it, along with several senior friends. If you and your sweet senior agree, you can then top off the day with a nail polish chaser at home – Pink, anyone?
Loved this cute photo from Pink Sherbet Photography. I sure wish my toes still looked like this.
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