If you’ve started helping your elderly family member with bathing, you might be finding yourself in need of some solutions to make the process go easier for each of you. You might find some of these ideas helpful.
Consider a Tub Lift or Transfer Seat
Anything that makes getting into and out of the tub both safer and easier for your aging family member is something you need to add to the bathroom. A tub lift enables your senior to sit on the lift in a comfortable manner and then the lift moves her into the tub. Transfer seats operate in much the same way, but they’re manual. Either work very well to help keep your elderly family member safer when she’s getting into and out of the tub.
Install Hand Rails in Multiple Locations
Something that you’ll learn very quickly when you’re helping your senior to bathe is that you never have enough hand rails and they’re never exactly where you need them. No matter how many hand rails you’ve already got in the bathroom and the tub area itself, consider adding some more. They can make so much about bathing so much more secure for both of you.
Store Towels and Other Bath Needs in Easy to Reach Locations
Another problem that you’re likely to run into is that you need a new bar of soap or another towel at the most inconvenient times. If you can start storing some of your more frequently used items in locations that are easy to reach while you’re near the tub, that’s going to be so helpful. A lidded basket or even a simple storage rack can be exactly what you need.
Remove Excess Clutter
Clutter is your enemy, especially in the bathroom. Do what you can to remove as much clutter as possible. Working with a professional organizer can help you to find storage options that you didn’t know would work perfectly for your situation. It can take them just a couple of hours to completely reshape how you store items in the bathroom. Even if you don’t have access to a professional organizer, simply removing excess items from the bathroom can make a big difference.
If elder care providers help your senior with bathing, talk to them about what can make the bathroom easier for them to use. Making changes that make their lives easier helps to keep your senior safer and happier, too.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDER CARE IN FARMERS BRANCH, TX, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE TODAY. CALL (214) 272-2188.