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Bath safety is an important issue for you as a family caregiver. Your elderly parent may struggle with challenges and limitations that make bathing challenging and even potentially dangerous for your senior. Fortunately, there are products like shower safety benches and others available that can help your parent stay safer in the bath or shower, and also feel more independent and in control when bathing.
Some products that can help to improve safety in your parent’s bath or shower include:
Shower bench. Much of the danger your senior faces when bathing comes from balance and difficulty maneuvering. A shower safety bench or chair allows your parent to sit securely and comfortably so they can bathe without the risk of losing their balance or stumbling.
Handheld showerhead. Bending, stretching, twisting, and lifting their feet are all maneuvers that may be difficult for your senior if they are struggling with mobility issues. A handheld showerhead allows your parent to wet and rinse various parts of their body without these maneuvers. It also makes bathing while sitting easier.
Slip-resistant stickers. The bottom of a shower or tub can become very slippery, particularly if bath products get on it. Slip-resistant stickers adhere directly to the bottom of the tub to provide more stability and bath safety. These thin stickers are often preferable to a bath or shower mat because they are thinner and they discourage the growth of mold that is common in these mats
Product dispensers. Dispensers attached to the wall of the shower allow your parents to get the optimum amount of shampoo, conditioner, or bath gel easily without having to handle the bottles and risk dropping them or dispensing too much
When you are a family caregiver, it is easy to become so wrapped up in your care efforts for your aging loved one that you begin to overlook the other needs in your life. This can leave you feeling exhausted, stretched too thin, and even overwhelmed.
Bringing elderly care into your routine for your parent is a fantastic way to reduce these feelings and improve your care efforts for them. Being a caregiver doesn’t mean having to take on everything by yourself, and an elderly care services provider is there to take on tasks, being a source of companionship and support for your parent, and allow you to focus on all aspects of your life actively and efficiently.