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Important Bathing Safety Tips for Seniors

Bathing independently can be a concern for seniors due to potential safety hazards. Here are some suggestions to help seniors bathe safely:

1.      Install Grab Bars: Install grab bars in the shower and near the toilet to provide support for getting in and out. This helps prevent slips and falls.

2.      Use a Shower Chair or Bench: Sitting while bathing can reduce the risk of falls. A shower chair or bench allows seniors to bathe while seated, providing stability and comfort.

3.      Non-Slip Mats: Place non-slip mats inside and outside the shower or tub to minimize the risk of slipping on wet surfaces.

4.      Adjust Water Temperature: Set the water heater to a safe temperature to avoid burns. Use a thermometer to check the water temperature before getting in.

5.      Handheld Showerhead: A handheld showerhead allows seniors to control the water flow and direction, making it easier to reach all areas while seated.

6.      Organize Toiletries: Keep toiletries within easy reach, eliminating the need to bend or stretch excessively. Consider using a shower caddy or wall-mounted shelves.

7.      Use Liquid Soap: Switching to liquid soap or a soap dispenser with a pump can be easier to handle than bar soap, which can become slippery.

8.      Secure Bathmat: Place a non-slip bathmat on the floor outside the tub or shower to provide a stable surface when stepping in and out.

9.      Keep Emergency Call Device Nearby: Have an emergency call device within reach in case assistance is needed. This can be a wearable pendant or a wall-mounted button.

10.  Time Baths Appropriately: Consider bathing during the time of day when the senior feels most alert and energetic. Fatigue can increase the risk of accidents.

11.  Regular Check-ups: Regularly assess the bathroom for any potential hazards or needed repairs. Make sure the lighting is adequate and replace any burnt-out bulbs promptly.

12.  Consider Walk-in Tubs or Showers: If possible, invest in a walk-in tub or shower. These are designed with low entry thresholds and safety features to make bathing more accessible.

13.  Clothing Accessibility: Ensure that towels and clothing are easily accessible, and consider using a bathrobe for modesty and warmth.

It's important to tailor these suggestions to the individual's specific needs and abilities. If mobility or health concerns are significant, it might be helpful to involve a healthcare professional or occupational therapist for personalized advice.

Yuma Senior Living’s care department provides many care suggestions and assistance for its residents.  Simply give them a call at (928) 388-6858, and their team will schedule an onsite tour at your convenience.




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