The bathroom can be a danger zone for seniors due to the wet floor, slippery surfaces and small space. In addition, seniors may have pre-existing health conditions or balance and mobility problems that increase the risks of accidental falls. Messy and unorganized bathrooms also contribute to the bathroom becoming a dangerous environment. Accidents can result in bruises, minor cuts, and even fractures and concussions. To prevent severe accidents from happening, it is vital to understand the safety precautions that caregivers should take for assisted showering.
Install Safety Equipment
Areas around and inside the shower are often the wettest and most slippery. Install grab bars and handrails around these areas to provide support and help with balancing. Shower seats can also be installed so that seniors do not have to stand while showering. For bathrooms with bathtubs, you can also get transfer benches for your loved ones so they do not have to lift their legs to step over the side of the bathtub. Installing safety equipment helps facilitate mobility and enables seniors to move around the bathroom safely and easily.
Ensure a Safe Environment
Soap, towels, clothes and other necessary items should be within reach so your loved ones can get to these items easily without having to move around too much. It is also important to ensure that these items do not become tripping hazards. Keep the floor clean and free from any obstacles, and consider buying anti-slip mats to minimize the risks of slipping. Also, always make sure that the bathroom is bright and well-lit. The temperature of the water should be constantly kept lukewarm to avoid scalding your loved ones.
Ensure Physical and Mental Wellbeing
While bathing and showering may seem like simple everyday routines, it is nonetheless important to ensure the physical and mental wellbeing of your loved ones before and during the process. Seniors who feel stressed, tired, or are in a hurry should avoid taking a shower as they are not focused, and this can cause unintentional falls or other accidents to happen in the bathroom. If your loved ones experience exhaustion or dizziness during their shower, they should rest on the shower seat or inside the bathtub until they feel better. Try to establish a regular shower routine so that your loved ones can get used to the same set of actions during the process.
Look Forward to Personalized Care and Accessible Homes at Spring Mill
Need extra help with bathing and showering? Spring Mill offers various senior living options that provide individualized care depending on your needs. Our Personal Care, SHINE® Memory Care and Respite Care programs feature experienced professionals that provide assistance with bathing and showering, personal dressing and grooming, medical services, mobility and transfer assistance and more. We also have state-of-the-art modern apartments that are designed with your safety and comfort in mind. Spacious rooms and accessible walk-in showers are some of the comforts you can look forward to during your stay. Our experienced and dedicated team members are also around to help you set up any other safety modifications in your home or help make sure your house is always clean and organized.