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My brother with schizophrenia has problems maintaining his personal hygiene. What ways can family members effectively influence their loved one to improve their personal hygiene?

Answered by: Alice Medalia

Personal hygiene is a sensitive topic but such an important one. Your local NAMI chapter may have a forum for sharing ideas about how to broach this topic; it can be very useful to hear how other families deal with the issue. Speaking to a recovery specialist may give you a chance to further brainstorm and role play. On line resources include: http://www.cmhcm.org/provider/centrain/Training_Units/Personal_Care_Hygiene_Grooming.pdf https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/cogdys_manual/CogDysHndbk.pdf http://forums.psychcentral.com/bipolar/121193-what-do-about-decline-personal-hygiene.html http://www.nhs.uk/CarersDirect/guide/practicalsupport/Pages/hygiene.aspx