dirty fingernails

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hi everyone ,just a quick question .my mum will not scrub her fingernails anymore ,and she wont let me try to clean them .is there anything we can soak her fingers in to maybe make the job easier .thanks jane .
Do people still scrub their fingernails? Barrier cream before doing anything to get them dirty. Nitrile gloves or soap under the fingernails before doing anything really messy like gardening. Prevention is definitely better than cure. As I"m getting older (and I'm not that old) things are starting to hurt when they're touched which they never used to. And scrubbing nails always hurt so this may well be the reason.
How about arranging for Mum to have a 'pampering' manicure ? Either in a salon (if she is mobile enough to go out) or at home - like hairdressers there are manicurists who will visit at home.

We had a similar problem with my Mum and my niece (who is a mobile hairdresser and manicurist) used to visit especially to give her a manicure along with a soothing hand massage :)
I keep a pair of nail scissors in my handbag so when I visit mum in her care home I will cut them regularly to keep them short. Sometimes though, she's "not in the mood" and I have to leave them. I akways have a packet of baby wipes handy to keep her hands clean.