January is Bath Safety Month. As a family caregiver this is the ideal opportunity for you to learn more about the ways that you can help your aging parent avoid dangers while bathing. Staying clean is an important part of maintaining physical health as well as mental and emotional well-being, but many seniors suffer challenges and limitations that keep them from being able to bathe safely and independently. Fortunately there are ways that you can help them stay safer and more independent during bathing.
Use these top tips to protect your senior while bathing during Bath Safety Month and throughout the rest of the year:
- Ensure that there are properly installed grab bars throughout the bathroom and in the bath or shower so that your parent can use them for leverage and support.
- Place a bath mat or towel on the bottom of the tub or shower to provide traction so that the surface is not so slippery. This will help to prevent slips and falls.
- Check the temperature of the water carefully before your parent gets into the bath or shower. This is particularly important if they suffer from diabetes and have neuropathy, which can cause them to not be able to feel pain or temperature changes, potentially leading to severe burns.
- Install a handheld shower head to allow your parent to wet and rinse their body with less reaching, stretching, or bending.
- Consider using a shower bench where your parent can sit to bathe so that they do not have to balance while bending or lifting their feet, and can be more secure.
- Ensure that there is a bath mat or towel outside the shower or bath so that your parent does not slip when they step out.
- Never leave a space heater plugged in near a bath or shower.
Starting home care services for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you make for them throughout the course of your caregiver journey with them. A home care services provider can be with your aging loved one on a fully customized schedule that ensures that they have access to the care, support, assistance, and companionship that they need to manage their individual challenges, needs, and limitations. This not only helps your senior manage these issues in the way that is right for them, but also supports a lifestyle that is as active, engaged, fulfilling, and independent as possible as they age in place.
This can include safe and reliable transportation to where your parent needs and wants to go, physical assistance for mobility issues, help with personal care needs and the fulfillment of activities of daily living, medication reminders to help them stay compliant, and companionship to boost mental and emotional health and help them enjoy this chapter of their life as much as possible.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.