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Bathing Tips Any Senior Caregiver Should Consider

Oct 14, 2016 by Comfort Keepers of Pleasanton

If you’re acting as a senior caregiver to a senior family member or loved one, then one of the many responsibilities that you may have is helping your loved one to bathe and groom themselves. It is important that every senior caregiver take this responsibility seriously and does what they can to help their loved one maintain their dignity while getting this type of assistance. Although it may seem like a relatively simple task, bathing time can be very embarrassing and frustrating for some seniors. With this in mind, here are several tips that any senior caregiver can use in order to make sure that bathing goes well for their loved one.

  • If there are things that the senior can do on their own, such as getting undressed, or washing their face, let them do it. It will help them feel more independent. You should still be there, however, to make sure that they are being safe.
  • Don’t stare when helping the senior get undressed or bathe.
  • Give yourself plenty of time, if you feel rushed, then the senior may feel as though this task is a nuisance and feel more embarrassed.
  • Don’t make a big deal out of helping the senior with their bath. The more nonchalant you are about it, the more nonchalant they will be.
  • Always let the senior know what you are going to do before you do it. Such as “I am about to wash your back next, Ok?”
  • Make sure that you use warm water so you don’t startle the senior and always check with them to make sure that their position and the water temperature is comfortable.

If you are a senior caregiver, keep these tips in mind when helping a loved one bathe. Bathing time can be a challenge, but with a little patience and these easy tips, many seniors will start to feel more comfortable when they need some help with their daily bathing routine.

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