My dad is in advanced dementia stage and he has a PEG tube
If someone is or has been in the same situation, can you please suggest how to keep his mouth/nose/ears clean?
Mouth: I have a steamer for him (http://goo.gl/Vae28y) - this is a really good device - it produces steam at around 45 degrees Celsius (less than half boiling point) - but he refuses to use it - pushes it away
A doctor suggested to clean his mouth with a water/glycerin/Bonjela mix but that too I can only use outside his gums since he would bite - also I am afraid of producing unnecessary mucus
Nose: I used a q-tip covered with olive oil inside his nostrils, only up till the length of the cue tip cotton itself (about half to quarter of an inch) - this seemed to help a bit but any other tips?
Ears: Before, he always use to put a matchstick in his ear and scratch it - now he just sticks a finger in his ear with a lot of distress on his face - is this due to ear wax only? I have an ear wax cleaning kit but I am afraid the ear drops might trickle down to his throat...