Home Health & Hospice

Is an aide responsible for a patient’s oral hygiene?

Homecare Insider, February 1, 2016

The aide is responsible for performing oral hygiene if the person cannot, and for reinforcing proper oral hygiene for people who are receiving home health care. Good oral hygiene promotes comfort and helps reduce dental problems associated with aging, but elderly persons are often sensitive to having their mouth touched and their teeth cleaned. Move slowly and explain exactly what you are going to do before touching a person’s teeth.