Content of hygiene kit for the elderly
I am sure you are referring ‘hygiene kits’ for an emergency
situation as part of the response actions! There are certain lifesavings items which we always
intend to include in ‘hygiene kit’ can equally be relevant and useful for elderly such as: ORS,
handwashing soap, water purification agents (Aquatabs etc). The other essential items such as Nail
Cutter, Torch light with batteries, toothbrush with paste, and water container found to be equally
useful for the elderly people. We have specially targeted additional items within the hygiene kit
for children and women but not elderly such as baby diaper, sanitary cloths (in some cases
sanitary pad) including ladies inner wear (to adjust sanitary pad/cloths) etc. In our recent
experiences, elderly people would also like to have walking stick (portable) which we think are
not hygiene related (can’t afford) and flying plastic bag for defecation (especially during night)
however this has to link with proper disposal practices otherwise this will have negative impact
on environment and public health.
This depends how you define 'elderly'? For women of peri-menopausal age (who while not elderly are mature and coming to the end of their reproductive years), sanitary pads or relevant menstrual hygiene protection materials would be useful.
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