How to trim nails for the elderly

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How do you care & trim nails for the elderly 

First just knowing basic nail care for your elderly Mum or Dad’s nails can prevent further problems. Most common problems range from thick nails, brittleness, split or cracked nails. Also pinched and curved toenails. As well as dryness and redness of hands or feet. 

Because as we age our nails growth rate slows down considerably. Then any damage that occurs in fingernails or toenails, will take that much longer to recover. By being aware of how to trim nails for the elderly. You can prevent further damage if they have any their nail disorders

how to trim nails for the elderly

Basic tips on caring for their hands and feet

  • Keep hands and in particular feet clean and dry
  • Check regularly for changes in their nails
  • Be aware which medication can cause nail disorders
  • Regular nail trimming for the elderly is important
  • Also weekly hands and feet massage to promote circulation
  • Daily moisturising is needed if dryness is due to medications
  • Change socks every day and encourage good supportive and fitted footwear 
  • Encourage 4 to 6 weeks regular seniors mani’s or pedi’s
  • Recommend a yearly checkup with a Podiatrist

What’s the correct way to trim elderly nails 

Preferably when nails are dry try cut them straight across. If nails are extremely thick then try soaking about 10 minutes first. Thick, ingrown, curving nails should always be cut straight across. It can sometimes be easier to do 2 or 3 small trims instead of one big one.

Nail clippers are good for large nails or reasonably healthy nails . Where clippers can be more helpful for difficult or mishaped nails.  If your Mum or Dad aren’t well enough to go out consider a monthly Mobile Manicure or Pedicure

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Basic nail disorders for hands and feet 

  1. Thick toenails are very common in elderly because as we age our nails thicken. From fungal infections to skin conditions. As well as injuries or tight-fitting shoes are common causes of this nail disorder in the elderly. Trimming thickened nails may need 10 minutes soaking first. Then using your nail clippers by doing 1 – 3 small clips. Always file them straight across
  2. Brittle, Split or Cracked Nails  When toenails thicken they can also tend to become discoloured, brittle and cracked. Applying a good quality or natural moisturiser daily will help.  Also try the occasional hand treatments or foot treatments. With either nail clippers or nippers gently trim and file straight across.
  3. Pincher or Trumpet nails can be caused by fungal infection, skin diseases, medications or mainly arthritic changes. It;s probably a good idea to have a Podiatrist or Nail Techican cut them correctly first. But ideally you need to cut them in the corner with nippers. Then file them straight across here’s how. To maintain every week file the corner of the nail and file straight across
  4. Curvature nails this type of nail disorder it can be caused from genetics, nail trauma or diet. As well as incorrect nail trimming or tight shoes. You need to cut in a straight line, not too short and on a regular basis

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Want to know the best nail shape for your manicure

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Not sure which nail shape or colour for your next home Manicure

Knowing which is the best nail shape and nail colour will leave your Manicure looking amazing. Depending on whether you have small, large, slim or thick fingers. Will determine which is best for you 

Or whether you have wide or narrow nail. Will determine which is best for you. For  the best professional salon, mobile or home manicure tips on longer lasting manicure. 

For Short and Slim Fingers 

If your hands are on the small but petite side. Then you want then to stand out a bit more. Especially if you have a small nail base. Try going for an Almond, Round or Oval shape. Or other pointy nail shapes.

Now the best nail colours to make your nails longer are Nude to Yellowish Beige or Pale to Peachy Pink . Or if you already have long nails try Metallics or Bright colours

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For Short and Wide Fingers

For hands that are still small but wide fingers. Espeically if you have a wide nail base you will want them to look more slender. Go for more rounded shapes like Oval, Round or Squoval. If your nails are really short you might consider fake nails. Acrylics or Gel tips are great for a special occasion

Going for Nail colours that are a matching your shade of your skin will elongate your hands. You can’t go wrong with Nudes, Beige, Caramel or Toffees. Or if that’s to boring just stay away from bright colours for your next Manicure

For Long and Slim Fingers

Those with lovely long and thin fingers you need a wider shape. Just about any nail shape will suit your hand size. Try going Rounded, Almond, Square or Squoval. Knowing the right nail shape will really make your home manicure look professional and fantastic

Nails colours like Metallics Silver or Gold and Neon Orange or Pinks look fantastic . Ageing hands should stick with Pearly Whites or Metallic Pinks. For very dry hands Collagen Hand Treatments really leave your hands silky soft 

For Long and Wide Fingers

If your hands are large with wide fingers you just need a slightly longer nail shape. Like an Oval or Almond shaped nails. If you have tend to suffer with weak nails. Make sure you know all the latest home manicure nail strengthening tips

Neutral tones will give your fingers a longer slender look. Like Nude Beiges or Pinkish Nude. If you love your dark colours then leave 3 or 4mm from the side of the nail. This will create a slimmer nail look. 

How to pick the right nail colour for your Manicure 

If you have Fairer skin try light, soft pastels, For a darker shade a Metallic silver, Sheer white, Bright pink or your Classic red. For longer lasting colour you can’t go wrong with Gel Polish Mani’s or Pedi’s

Medium skin types should go for basically medium shades. A Yellowish beige, Peachy pink, Grape purple, Metallic red or Sky blue

For Darker skins  any bright or neon colours. Fushica pink, Cobalt blue, Berry purple, Pale lavender or Burgundy reds looks really good. Choose less toxic Polishes for a healthy nail 

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Mobile Beauty Therapist – Injured, stuck in bed or can’t work

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A Mobile Beauty (Doctors)Therapist is an amazing idea for when you recovering from an injury and stuck in bed 

Mobile Beauty Therapists come to you whether you’re in hospital or recovering at home. Boredom, depression and frustration often becomes worse when you’re stuck in bed. Organising a Manicure, Pedicure or Massage can reduce these feelings of stress and boredom.

Just by booking a Beauty or Massage therapist can give you an extra boost. You not only have something nice to look forward. But you feel amazingly better afterwards

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Experts say how you look and feel has a large impact on your physical and mental health

Experts stress the huge importance on having a normal everyday routine when you have an injury or lifelong medical condition. Particularly keeping up your beauty routine like nails, hair, face or massage. 

Overcoming a painful procedure can be very traumatic. Seeing their illness often first and foremost and as an individual second.  Just by booking a Beauty Therapist for a Massage, Facial or Manicures for the elderly. Can bring that persons awareness back to more of a normal life.  Says Psychologist experts who specialise in how patients overcome difficult life events. Such as surgery, hospital stays and long term illnesses.

It’s also that human element of touch when a Mobile Beauty Therapist does a Massage or Manicure. It’s well known to reduce anxiety and pain. Especially when recovering from an injury which can be very depressing time of your life. As well as being on pain killers and only being able to watch TV. Which can bring you down very easily. 

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Just by a booking a Mobile Beauty Treatment can give you a jolt of pleasure says Psychologist 

Not being able to go back to work for a period of time. Or suffering from a long-term debilitating health problems. Which means having someone to help you shower or bathe. Is a very difficult and miserable time for most people. But let us give you a little oasis for part of your day. Choose from a relaxing Mobile Swedish Massage or if your really tense we do Deep Tissue or Remedial.

Love your nails being done have indulgent Spa Manicure. Or Gel Polish with a nourishing Collagen hand treatment. Or are your feet dry and cracked our Foot treatments will soften and all that dry skin with a pretty polish at the end.  We even give you tips on how to make your polish stay on longer

If you’re on strong medication this can have a big impact on your skin. Especially dehydrating your skin. Your beauty therapist will personalise the right facial. A soothing and calming facial will leave your face feeling amazingly soft and smooth afterwards. Combined with a scalp massage or Indian Head Massage you’ll feel like you’re in heaven. 

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