Personal appearance & hygiene

Overview

Keeping clean and suitably dressed is important to all of us. It affects how we feel about ourselves and how other people react to us.

Personal hygiene is also important in maintaining good health. The impact of dementia on a person’s ability to care for him or herself will vary from one person to another, and is also likely to change as the illness progresses.

Changes in motivation, mood, memory, understanding and behaviour can all affect a person’s ability to attend to his or her personal care and appearance.

Download our information sheet below for tips for partners, family members and carers on helping people with dementia maintain their personal hygiene and personal appearance. 

To talk to someone about dementia, call our 24 Hour Dementia Helpline. 

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