Quote from Medsport
I guess its more how they look in a nursing home than what you actually do for them...
Well, sorta kinda, but not really. You need to keep in mind that you are not just there to help with physical tasks, but also to help your resident lead the most productive and satisfying life he can in spite of his limitations that put him in the nursing home. Things like having clothes that fit and are coordinated, having hair combed, nails clean and neat... these are important.
Think about how you would feel if you were stuck in bed all day with people (including visitors, family, friends, staff) coming in to see you and you were physically unable to do your hair, or your makeup, or dress nicely, or any of those things we feel we must do to be presentable. Your resident is no different. Having groomed hair not only makes them look good, it makes them feel good. And that is why we do it. Even if it will get messy again anyway. If it does... comb it again. It doesn't take a lot of time to do, and it can really boost a person's self esteem.
Sorry, it's kind of a soapbox issue for me. :imbar