As your aging adult’s health changes, she may need help with personal tasks like bathing. That’s a pretty embarrassing thing to admit, even to you as her caregiver. It’s also difficult for some caregivers to imagine how they’ll help an adult to bathe without causing pain or injury for both parties.
Here are some things to consider.
Keeping Your Loved One Warm
Older adults tend to get cold much more quickly than you might. Part of this has to do with thinner skin and also with shrinking layers of body fat. Being too cold to bathe can even be one of your senior’s objections for avoiding a bath. Turn up the thermostat a little before bath time or even put a space heater in a safe spot in the bathroom. One idea is to use the space heater to warm the room and then remove it before you even turn on any water.
Keeping Your Loved One Safe
Safety is another huge concern. Your elderly family member might have trouble with her balance or with mobility and both of these issues can play havoc with bathing. Install grab bars in the shower and near the tub. This gives her something to grab if she feels that she’s losing her balance. Another idea is to put a shower chair in the tub or the shower stall. This allows her to bathe in a seated position, which can feel much safer.
Bathing Tools Help
Consider swapping out your senior’s existing shower setup with a shower head that has a longer wand and hose. This gives both of you an opportunity to use the shower head either as it normally is or closer to her body. You might also want to consider bathing gloves that fit soap into pockets in the gloves so that you’re not juggling bottles and bars of soap.
Deal with the Embarrassment
The embarrassment can fade over time, but it’s going to be an issue for a little while. Some aging adults never get past the embarrassment of having someone they love bathing them. That might be when you hire homecare providers to help out. Homecare providers are well-versed in helping your senior to maintain her dignity, even in such an embarrassing situation.
Bathing your senior at home, even with mobility concerns, doesn’t have to feel impossible. Homecare providers can teach you how to help your elderly family member to maneuver her body so that you and your senior can work together to get her clean.
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Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.
She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.
Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.
Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.