Why should healthcare professionals take extra care when washing and drying an elderly patients skin?

  • As the older generation deserve more respect and tender loving care (TLC).

  • As the skin of an elder person has reduced blood supply, is thinner, less elastic and has less natural oil. This means the skin is less resistant to shearing forces and wound healing can be delayed.

  • All elderly people lose dexterity and struggle to wash effectively so they need support with personal hygiene.

  • As elderly people cannot reach all areas of their body, it is essential to ensure all body areas are washed well so that the colonization of Gram-positive and negative micro-organisms on the skin is avoided.