Not only is showering and bathing essential to health, it is an intimate ritual that we take for granted until we are unable to do it on our own.
As a caregiver, you may be responsible for bathing and dressing your loved one. In addition to respecting his or her pride, you have the additional responsibility of keeping your loved one safe. The young and the elderly are particularly at risk when it comes to the bathroom. In fact—it’s the room where the majority of home accidents occur.
Besides employing safe lifting techniques, here are some tips to stay safe:
Bringing the Spa into the Bathroom
While safety is the top priority, you can preserve your loved one’s dignity by taking a cue from spas, where the bather’s preferences guide the personalized experience.
Small and thoughtful services—such as covering areas of the body you are not working on with a towel can help. Try covering your loved one’s upper body with a warm wash cloth while he/she is relaxing, scenting the water with a favorite fragrance (like lavender or rose oil), or not wetting his or her head until the end. Perhaps your loved one would take pleasure in massage, manicures, pedicures, facials, and hair styling? You will find that aromatherapy oils, soothing music, soft lighting, and healthy communication can make bathing more than a daily routine.
Consider some bath products for additional safety:
Be sure to read our article on “How to Help Transfer Someone Safely" for more information on saving your back and keeping your loved one safe during daily activities such as bathing.