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Helen Does Miss Mitchell’s Hair

Miss Mitchell looks forward to Wednesdays because that’s the day she gets her hair done. Miss Mitchell has always prided herself on her appearance, and she likes to have her hair done in the salon in the assisted living facility where she lives. However, she only gets her hair done there twice a month, so once a week, her nursing assistant Helen comes to her room and styles Miss Mitchell’s hair to keep it looking nice in between visits to the facility’s salon.

Helen brings a comb, a brush, a mirror, a towel, and paper towels to Miss Mitchell’s room, and Miss Mitchell provides the hair products she wants Helen to use. Helen knocks on the door and asks if Miss Mitchell is ready to get her hair done. Miss Mitchell is waiting for Helen and calls out that she is ready.

First, Helen gently combs through Miss Mitchell’s hair. Combing through the hair helps to remove bacteria, dirt, and oil that can accumulate in the scalp. Next, Helen asks Miss Mitchell if she would like any special hair style today. Miss Mitchell replies that she just wants Helen to style her hair the way she usually does.

Helen brushes Miss Mitchell’s short hair back and away from her face. She parts the hair on the left side, like Miss Mitchell likes it. Helen puts a little styling cream in her hands and rubs it through Miss Mitchell’s hair, making it fuller and shinier. When she is finished, she wipes her hands on a paper towel and then holds up the mirror for Miss Mitchell to check her hair.

“It’s lovely! Thank you, dear,” she says.

Helen knows that appearance is important to the self-esteem of the residents in the assisted living facility, and it is especially important to Miss Mitchell. She has noticed how Miss Mitchell always likes to wear some makeup and matching outfits, even if she is not expecting any visitors. Helen is happy that the residents feel good about themselves when she helps to keep their hair clean and styled.

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Project made financially possible through grants from:

Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners