Giving Bath to a Senior Really Gives Hard Times
Old citizens become stubborn as time flies. They hardly show consent to anything asked of them. And when it comes to bathing them, they start behaving like a reluctant child showing no sign of approval. Bathing a senior is really a traumatic experience for caregivers.
Because seniors hardly bathe, they get more prone to many urinary tract infections and skin-related diseases. Just like a normal person who doesn’t care about his hygiene gets a bad odor, the same way a senior citizen faces odor and itchy problems due to their negligence and idleness.
Today, we have rounded up some easiest ways to make old people feel comfortable in and while taking a bath without arguments. Without further ado, let’s start the discussion.
But before diving into the real gossip, let’s debunk the myth of the necessity of regular bathing for seniors.
Everyday bathing Is Not a Carved in Stone Rule
Though it is always considered that regular bathing is a must to preserve well-being, however, it is not a hard and fast rule to be implemented as a firm requirement for sound health. Giving seniors a bath once or twice a week is sufficient to refrain them from potential skin breakdowns and infections.
However, some dementia caregivers support a different theory saying that exposing the old citizens to bath on a regular basis will likely reduce their unwillingness to bathing. Summing up, the schedule of bathing depends upon the health conditions and specifications of seniors. One may need more bathing than another.
Whatever be the schedule, the issue still persists of making bathing effortless for the seniors. Need not worry, the rest of the conversation has answers to all the worries.
How Can You Make Bathing Easier For Seniors?
Sponge Bath: The Best Bathing For Seniors with Limited Mobility
If your elder has limited mobility or is reluctant to get a bath through a shower or tub, a sponge bath or a bed bath has reasons to serve you the same benefits. But how to give the sponge bath? Read on to discover the step-by-step instructions.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Sponge Bath/ Bed Bath
Before starting to bath, make sure you have all the supplies/essentials at your arm’s length.
The Needed Essentials:
- More than four sponges or washcloths
- More than three towels
- Two washbasins with warm water: One is needed to lather a washcloth, while the other is needed for rinsing
- Soap of any kind: it may be bar, liquid, or wipes
- Shampoos: no-tears shampoo/no-rinse shampoo
- Body lotions
- A waterproof cloth: that will help the bed dry
- A stand/table to carry all the bathing supplies
What Do You Need To Make Sure Before Giving A Bath?
- Ensure your senior is warm and concealed/shielded.
- Make sure that the temperature of the room is Ok for the elder.
- Your hands should be washed and dried before bathing them.
- The temperature of the water should be bearable to the old skin.
- Wear gloves (not a necessity), depending upon the health condition of the target.
- Assist the individual redress.
- Place a waterproof mat underneath the senior to keep the bed dry.
- Make sure the bed is neither at too elevated position nor at a too low position that may give you back hurt.
- Keep into account the privacy of your elder by shutting the door and closing the curtains.
Giving Bath to Senior
The bath starts from the face/head and goes down the body. The sensitive private/genital parts are kept to be wiped in the last because they are the dirtiest ones and secondly they need more care than other body parts. Wipe one body area at a time with a separate washcloth. Keep on discarding the used wipes, more importantly, use new wipes for private parts.
After every body part is separately cleaned, do a final wipe with a clean washcloth.
If your elder is bedridden or is afraid to take bath in the bathroom, a bed bath/sponge bath comes as an utmost savior.
Bath through Bathroom Assistive Devices
If your elder has already decided to come to the bathroom, make their experience effortless so that they would not find any reservation for the next bath trip. To offer them more safety, there is nothing better than bathroom assistive tools.
Bath via Grab bar
Due to the grab bar, individuals find it so easy to step in and step out of the bathtub. There are two variants of this assisting device, grab bar placement and grab bar height. However, they both are not of all-purpose. The placement of the grab bar height needs to strategic as it should be located at a height that allows the senior to acquire hold without the need to reach too up and down.
Bath via Transfer Bench
For elders, stepping in and stepping out of the tub is not only tiring but menacing too due to their mobility issues. They can’t lift their leg high to transfer to the tub top. What comes to ease the pain of citizens is a transfer bench. This device sits half in the tub and half out the tub. Due to this tool, seniors can sit down on the outside and gradually moves their body to the tub inside. This is considered the best aider in bathing because it permits the individual to enter and make an exit while being seated.
The Word From Very Well
Bathing a senior citizen is a tiresome chore indeed. Because they show little or no cooperation and consent and become aggressive. It becomes more challenging if they have any sores or rashes on their body.
Elderly bathing service is no doubt an intimate and sensitive activity, and if the patient is your own relative and closed ones, you want to be assured that they are respected and treated well. If your elder is getting embarrassed from being bathed by external aid, try to introduce some familiar reinforcement. That can be anyone from your own family member, kith and kin and even you. Because it is a likelihood that they may listen to their acquaintances more than the strange ones.
In the end, what you want is only their sound health and proper hygiene.