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I jumped from the treatment section to tips. I also have to tend to all of Frank's personal needs. I find if I shave him while he's still in bed it's much easier. I go in with a hot face cloth and an electric shaver. I'm able to shave him in 5 minutes, I don't have to hold his chin up and it's earier to stretch the "turkey neck". He still brushes his teeth, I do have to take his partial plate out and get it back in. I stand there to watch, when he rinses his mouth he spits, anywhere, or he'll drag his tooth brush over the bar of soap.

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Gerry 67, cared for Frank 71, married 49 yrs; dx 2004, passed away October 26, 2011.


Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:41 pm
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Curiously, shaving is one thing Derek is still able to do himself, sitting in the w/c in front of the sink. He prefers to use a razor, though he has several electric shavers. I have to do under his neck because, as you say, he can't stretch it out and see it at the same time.

Early in Lewy, shaving took on monumental proportions in his life, maybe because it's a male ritual. We went through a lot of electric shavers, Braun, Remington and Norelco, none of which he finds satisfactory. :P Amazingly, he doesn't cut himself very often. He insists on applying his foam with a brush and I hadn't brought it to the SNF so I had to run home and get it [only half a mile!].

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:53 pm
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Gerry,
Thanks for the good tip. I'll pass it along.
Does the soap keep the toothbrush clean? ;-)
Robin


Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:22 am
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Gerry... I hadn't thought of shaving him in bed. Good suggestion. Its a bit gross to write, but I do use a nose hair clipper on him in bed. It is so very much easier to clip that way. He is at an age when the nose hair grows more than the hair on his head.

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Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:28 am
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He is at an age when the nose hair grows more than the hair on his head.
:lol:
Derek also has a lot of ear hair. We use one of those little battery-operated nose-hair clippers for both.

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:52 am
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Gerry -

Do you use the hot face cloth on his face for a few minutes before you shave him? Or is that for after.

That's not one of my jobs yet, so I'm curious.

He has run through the manual, disposable, & now has been using a Braun electric (which he has infomed me needs a new head).

Karen


Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:14 am
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Karen, I bought a new head for Derek's Braun and he still insists it doesn't work right. I could have bought another whole shaver for what it cost. :x

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:33 am
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Karen, I put the hot cloth on before, it does seem to make the job easier. Frank has several elec. razors but my favorite is the Philips, Norelco, rotary shaver.

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Gerry 67, cared for Frank 71, married 49 yrs; dx 2004, passed away October 26, 2011.


Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:19 pm
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We keep two shavers going ... because of the dead skin that clogs both of them. I hate cleaning them.

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Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:40 pm
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It's also my job to clean the shavers. I think the hot cloth helps to remove the dead skin. That's one reason I like the Norelco, I clean it daily and it can be rinsed under the faucet. Every 4-5 weeks I take it apart, clean the teeth and screen and oil it.

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Mon Dec 20, 2010 2:00 pm
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Thank you all for your input. I'll suggest to Bill that he try the hot wet wash cloth before he shaves. He's never been a electric shaver kind of guy so maybe he didn't know! lol!

So that's what that yellow cheesy stuff is that gets clogged in the shaver - dead skin!

Yes, I've looked at buying new head for the Braun & you're right Pat - $26! Maybe I'll just try a different brand.

As far as cleaning goes, that Norelco sounds better & better. You have to buy the cleaning solution for the Braun & that's not cheap either. I noticed it went up $2 since the last time I bought it. Suppose I could check out Amazon.com.

Karen


Mon Dec 20, 2010 2:29 pm
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Derek has a Norelco with the 'floating heads' and I like it the best, too. As Gerry said, the little heads and screens can be removed and cleaned with a toothbrush and then left to dry on a paper towel and the heads dipped in a little mineral oil. I only do this about every two weeks. Sure beats the Braun cleaning cartridges. Seems like the cartridges need changing about every other week or so--I think the manufacturer really saw us coming on that one. With the money we've spent on replacement heads and all the cleaner cartridges we've bought we could have five or six good shavers.

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:38 pm
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It's so strange, Pat.... Those are the two electric razors we have. I am in complete agreement about the Norelco with the 'floating heads.' We had that one first and I thought the self-cleaning one would give me a break from taking the other one apart so often. I bought the Braun for Dale last Christmas.

Like you, I had no idea how many cleaning cartridges we would buy. In addition, the Braun is also pealing silver paint at one point near the blade assembly .... from all the cleaning solution, I guess. I'm not going to buy any more cartridges because of that. I'm sure the cleaning solution was not designed to accommodate the dead skin issue.

The Norelco parts do need to be cleaned with a brush. I'd like to find some solution that cleans off the 'yellow cheesy stuff' that Karen so aptly described. Then I could just take the razor apart and leave the parts in that solution. Any ideas? I use detergent now but it really doesn't work very well.

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Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:57 pm
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Post Re: Shaving
To clean the Norelco head, take it apart, hold it in your hand, and spray with the kitchen sink sprayer. No brush or other stuff like that. Works for me. If it works for you, post a reply.

Gail


Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:56 pm
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Sorry, Gail. Dale's yellow cheesy stuff must be thicker than your husband's. It sticks to every little blade and gets in the holes as well. Trust me. :lol:

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