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Elderly Bathing Tips for Caregivers

Portable tub next to bed

At Heavenly Walk-In Tubs, one of our primary goals with our walk-in tubs is to serve the elderly and people who struggle with elements of movement. Many of these people need our portable tubs to make bathing and cleaning an easier task, and our safety tubs can keep you or a loved one feeling secure.

For caregivers to an elderly loved one, bathing assistance is often a difficult task. Many seniors aren’t able to bathe themselves, and need assistance with some of the most basic tasks. Let’s look at a few tips for helping bathe an elderly family member as a caregiver.

Assistive Devices

Getting in and out of the tub is typically one of the toughest processes for many seniors, even with the ease of entry provided by Heavenly Tubs products. Ensuring there are assists along the way is vital.

If your loved one uses a portable tub that moves into their room, you should still make sure they have a grab bar between the bed and the tub so they can make it without any falls. If they use a stationary tub in the bathroom, ensure there are assist devices both in the room itself and the bathroom – in the bathroom, pay careful attention to where they might slip or lose balance. Make sure the grab bar is at a comfortable height and made of a comfortable material.

Sponge Bathing

Once in the bath, the goal is to keep your loved one as comfortable as possible. This generally means washing section by section, plus keeping the rest of the body covered while a specific section is being washed. It’s generally easiest to start with the face and work down the body. Privacy is a concern for many seniors, so be discreet and respectful in the more private areas of the body. If needed, tell a story or engage them verbally to keep their mind off any uncomfortable elements.

Transfer Bench

A transfer bench sits partway in the tub, and allows another level of stability as a senior gets in or out. Make sure it’s not slippery when it’s being used, and ensure you keep these items clean on a regular basis.

To find out more about this or any element of our portable walk-in tubs, speak to one of our representatives at Heavenly Walk-In Tubs today.