The Importance Of Skin Cleansing Practices For Older People

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INTRODUCTION As the skin ages it becomes less able to perform its key barrier functions and skin breakdown becomes an increasing risk. This can have a detrimental impact on quality of life with major economic implications among the elderly (Gardiner et al, 2008), so skin health is essential to the wellbeing and a central component of nursing care. Maintaining skin barrier function is an essential part of ensuring health and well-being for older people (Pegram et al., 2007). The aim of this paper is to critically appraise the body of research on skin cleansing practices for older people. The research objective was to examine the quality and findings of studies since 1990 on skin cleansing practices for older people. Nurses are in a prime position to influence skin care for older people. However, there is a need to identify gaps in current knowledge about general skin care for older people, address these issues and develop robust, evidence-based strategies for promoting skin health. In general, skin cleansing, and skin care, to maintain or improve skin health is not costly or difficult. A nurse increases professional power while using theoretical research as systematic evidence for critical thinking and decision making. This paper elaborates the utilization of Virginia Henderson’s need theory in clinical practice, which proposes an analysis in which the individual is unique and complex, enabling an approach to older generation from an individual and integral perspective.

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