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Reducing Hospital Re-Admission Rates – Is Regular Bathing Becoming a Safety Issue?

By: Expert Author Gary Skole, Owner, Assisted Living at Home, Mount Laure NJ

Home Care Mount Laurel NJBathing is not just a matter of hygiene; it is also about relaxation and feeling good about yourself. Taking a nice hot shower or a leisurely bath is something that many people take for granted, but that may be completely impossible for a senior. For many people, aging brings with it mobility issues that make enjoying regular bathing a safety issue. Getting in and out of the bathtub can be very dangerous for a senior, and reaching to wash can be difficult and cause falls. All of this can result in your aging loved one not bathing as much as he should. This can not only lead to embarrassment and lowered self-image, but also discomfort and medical consequences.

When regular bathing becomes an issue, it is time to start making serious senior care decisions. Of course family caregivers often take on the responsibility of bathing aging loved ones, but this can present an awkward situation. You may not feel comfortable bathing your aging parent, and he may not feel comfortable with you fulfilling that task. It can be difficult to take on this level of care and still maintain a child-parent relationship, which means that it is often a better solution to find a senior care provider capable of handling the task of bathing for your parent.

A home care companion will help your aging parent bathe in a way that is thorough yet dignified and sensitive. Most seniors feel much more comfortable with a professional dealing with personal tasks such as bathing than allowing their children to handle them, which means that a home care companion will protect your parent’s privacy as well as his comfort and health.

By allowing a home care companion handle the hygiene and grooming needs of your parent you can also rest assured that these tasks will be taken care of safely and effectively. Bathing can represent many dangers including slipping and falling. If you are not prepared to do this properly, you may find yourself hurting your loved one and yourself. Instead, a senior care companion is able to provide secure bathing that will ensure your loved one can feel good about himself and remain healthy while also staying safe.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com

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