Cleanliness if next to Godliness, or so they say, but what about those who are perhaps inhibited, or unable to bathe themselves. Everyone feels better for a good old soak in the tub or an invigorating shower, but what many of us consider to be a 10 minute part of our “getting up” routine, for others can be a real challenge.
Elderly people, in particular, can find taking a bath or a shower to be an extremely challenging activity, but if we are responsible for looking after an elderly relative or person, there are definite ways in which we can help.
Self Bathing – gives a sense of independence and dignity, but is not always an option for people as they get older. A few strategically placed aids can make it possible though in some cases. Non-slip bath mats are a must, both inside the tub and out, grab rails can make lowering and raising from the bath a much easier experience, and a bath seat or shower stool might be another option which can help the individual to look after themselves for a little longer. If you make sure that the bathroom is warm with the doors closed for privacy, the bath or shower is ready and everything is in place – towels, shampoos, soaps, powders, clothes etc, and then kind of hover in case you’re needed, that can be a big help.
Bathing in both the shower and the tub can be helped a lot by just a little preparation, a few necessary adjustments or additions and a lot of patience. It’s important that you don’t try to rush people, let them take their time, stop to rest when necessary and enjoy a little privacy and independence for as long as possible. One day it might be you having the trouble, don’t ever forget that.