Helping elderly people in bathing can be a daunting task. Meanwhile, it can be embarrassing for seniors to have a person helping them in bathing. So, it is very important to have a good conduct and mutual connection while you help elderly people bathe.
Here are the etiquettes for bathing the elderly.
Being sensitive and careful
As elderly people (especially disabled seniors) can get irritated and exhausted too quickly, it is very important that you go easy on them. Firstly, make sure that you use the soap that is irritation-free. You should be very careful that the soap doesn’t get in the eyes.
Also, you need to make sure that the bath temperature is right; it’s very risky to make older adults shiver in the cold. A thermostatic control of the water temperature is also important to protect against scolding. So, you should focus on cleaning the body by area by area. As you clean each area, rinse and dry the skin with a soft towel for getting them chilly.
You also need to check for sores and infections before starting out on bathing. If you neglect in doing so, you can even cause injuries. So, being careful is a must when you are helping seniors bathe. Having said that, you also need to remember that you should only provide necessary assistance to respect their dignity as much as possible.
Make bathing fun
Bathing is certainly not enjoyable for elderly people. Therefore, it is your job to change their perception and help them stay hygienic. So, take out a good day and set up a joyous vibe before bathing by cooking their favourite food or snacks. While doing so, it is important that you be happy and excited too.
Prepare a cheerful ambience in your bathroom by adding mood uplifting aroma and bright lighting. You can even include the favourite thing that excites them. You should also do a mental preparation as to how you are going to start and how long will it take for you to complete the bathing. Remember that you cannot make the bathing process lengthy as it can be tiresome of senioirs.
Accessibility and safety
As elderly people are weak, they can have a really tough time adjusting with bathroom utilities. So, it’s beneficial for them if you modify your bathroom for ensuring more convenience and safety. One of the best ways to make your bathroom convenient is installing practical bathing walk in bathtubs.
You can choose from a range of walk in baths from us. Our walk in baths have an easy to use door which make it comfortable for elderly people to get in the tub and bathe easily. Also, our walk in baths are constructed out of highest grade fibreglass which make them an absolute beauty and durable for many years to come.