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Changes in Independence & Developing Healthy Habits

Personal Hygiene

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Sense of Smell

People with HD can smell different scents, but their ability to correctly identify smells starts to go in the earliest phases.  As a result, they can have poor hygiene when they don’t realize that they have a bad odor. It can also present a safety hazard if a gas leak isn’t noticed.  

  • Encourage or remind a loved one to bathe. They may not be aware that they don’t smell fresh.  
  • Establish a bathing schedule or routine to keep up good hygiene. 
  • Put a reminder sign on the stove to turn it off after using. A person with HD may not recognize the smell of gas.