How Can Staff Improve Resident Self-Esteem in Nursing Home Settings?

How Can Staff Improve Resident Self-Esteem in Nursing Home Settings?How Can Staff Improve Resident Self-Esteem in Nursing Home Settings?

In an article on senior living website, Occupational Therapist Shelly Mesure explored the idea of how the elderly may relate to today’s media and its focus on the importance of being “sexy” and beautiful. Mesure has observed some nursing home residents who still take decent care of their looks; wearing high heels, dressing up for meals, and putting thought into their appearance in general. She notes that unfortunately, this is a minority of those residents in the nursing home settings.

Depression and lack of self-esteem is a serious problem in senior living communities that is not always recognized. Mesure states that with the focus of caregivers, physical therapists, and nursing home administrators being on the health and overall well-being of seniors, a resident’s grooming is often overlooked, which could be overall damaging to their self-esteem.

So how can staff in your nursing home work to help improve the self-esteem among their residents? The following is a very brief list, provided by, of suggestions on how to promote emotional and mental care of nursing home residents.

Maintain resident dignity. If residents are unable to groom themselves as they once did, whether it’s curling their hair, trimming their beard, buttoning their clothes, etc… ask if this is something you can help them with, and make a sincere effort to be consistent about helping them as much as possible.

Encourage Self Participation. Nursing home facilities should create an environment that is respectful of the right of each resident to exercise his or her autonomy when it comes to what they consider to be important facets of his or her life, meaning their personal eating and bathing schedules, their health care schedules, and even the right to room with a person of their choice in the nursing home facility.

Accommodate their needs. Unless the health or safety of the individual or other residents would be endangers, nursing home residents have the right to reside and receive services in their facility with reasonable accommodation of their individual needs and preferences. This includes the physical environment of their bedroom and bathroom, including (if feasible) furniture arrangement.

These are just a few ways that your nursing home staff can help to improve resident self-esteem in the nursing home setting. At DigniCARE, we’re poised to help you meet the challenges of a changing environment in the senior living industry, where the goal is to elevate the quality of life for nursing home and assisted living residents. Our services encompass innovative solutions for Nursing Home Insurance CoverageAssisted Living FacilitiesIndependent Living Facilities, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC). To learn more please call (855) 883-6306.

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