For older people living in care, a break
from the norm can be a rejuvenating and refreshing experience. In research
conducted in the North of England, the Hair and Care Project uncovered some
of the many ways in which a visit to a salon can be beneficial to older people,
and particularly those who are living with dementia.
Therapists and hairdressers who work with
older people are not just your average professional. Many are trained in
interacting with older people, with some ex-care workers or dementia trained
specialists, to help them put the client resident ease.
We’ve seen first hand just how amazing the
effect of hair and beauty treatments can be on an older person and would like
to share with you our reasons for operating an in-house salon at Majesticare.
The benefits of beauty for older people
We have observed and discovered many far-reaching
benefits to indulging in some beauty treatments. Among the many happy
consequences were things like:
· Reminiscing: Salons are the ideal place
to reminisce about the good old days, and hairdressers are often the ‘keeper of
secrets’, encouraging residents to open up about themselves and reconnect with
· Refreshing: Having a hair or nail
treatment, or another type of beauty therapy, can help make residents feel
renewed and refreshed. New found energy is discovered, and a happier outlook on
· Fights depression: By encouraging
residents to take care of how they look, they often end up feeling better about
their situation too. They are the centre of attention, relaxed and love to
enjoy a transformation in their appearance.
· Family engagement: Lots of grandchildren
(or even great grandchildren) love to come and watch residents getting their
nails done. It adds a new and interesting layer to their visit, encouraging
visits to happen more often and be happier occasions.
· Multi-sensory experience: The experience
of being touched, massaged, talked to and all the smells that go with a salon
experience offer full sensory indulgence that just can’t be matched. This is
particularly important for those living with dementia and enables continuity in
their interactions and activities.
Our hair and beauty treatments are not just
popular with the ladies either. Male residents too love to look smart and presentable
and find grooming a highly therapeutic experience. Hand and foot massages can
relive pain, and a manicure is a great way to avoid them accidentally cutting
themselves with their own nails.
Hair and beauty for all at Majesticare
At Majesticare luxury care homes, we are
pleased to be able to offer a full suite of hair and beauty treatments to our
residents. Our in-house salon is staffed by hairdressers, nail technicians and
beauty therapists, helping every one of our residents look and feel fabulous.
We can also arrange visits from specialist
professionals to offer a range of other treatments, from hand and foot massages
to facials and more. Best of all, everything is included in the cost of staying
with us, so there’s never a good reason not to indulge in a spot of pampering.