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Simple Tools to Help Your Parent Maintain Independence While Showering

Elder Care in Princeton Junction NJ

Elder Care in Princeton Junction NJFor many elderly people, the first place in the home where they begin to lose their ability to manage activities of daily living independently is the bathroom. This is where a large percentage of household accidents occur due to slippery conditions, the need to perform often-challenging moves such as bending, reaching, and lifting the feet high, and sometimes tricky floor layouts that make it more difficult for an elderly parent to navigate.

This loss of independence can be extremely stressful for your aging parent, making them feel as though they are no longer in control of this elemental part of their own lives. For some this can lead to depression, anxiety, and other mental and emotional health concerns. Helping your parent find ways that they can maintain as much of their independence as possible while still staying safe in the bathroom can help them to enjoy a more fulfilling and emotionally healthy quality of life.

Some simple tools that you can use to help your parent maintain independence while showering include:

  • Shower bench. Standing in the shower and performing the movements of bathing can be very difficult for an elderly adult with mobility issues, pain and stiffness, or balance problems. By putting a shower bench in the shower your parent can sit down, remaining secure and comfortable throughout the process. This can then allow them to lift their feet, wash their legs, and perform other tasks with greater confidence.
  • Handled sponge. Reaching and bending can be challenging for a senior who is dealing with mobility issues such as pain and stiffness. It can also cause a senior to lose their balance and fall, possibly causing very serious injury. A handled sponge enables your parent to wash difficult to reach areas without having to perform these challenging maneuvers. This enables them to do it themselves rather than relying on you.
  • Foot scrubber. Washing the bottoms of their feet can be a major challenge for aging adults. A foot scrubber placed on the bottom of the tub enables them to sit or stand and wash their feet without bending and only having to lift their feet a couple of inches.
  • Elder care provider. While not really a tool, an elderly home care services provider can be a tremendous resource for your aging parent when it comes to maintaining their independence throughout the home, including in the bathroom. Through a personalized approach to care and assistance this care provider can help your parent to find ways to manage their personal care tasks on their own safely and effectively while taking into consideration their personal limitations and challenges. Having this care provider with them means that they do not need to rely on you as often, which can take some of the stress out of the situation for them, and ensures that they are safe, secure, and healthy whether they are handling the tasks on their own, modifying them, or allowing the are provider to provide them for them.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Princeton Junction, NJ please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.

Dr. Shelly Chinkes, DPM

Administrator, Mercer/Burlington Division at Care Street Home Care
Dr. Shelly Chinkes, DPM, Care Street’s able administrator has more than 30 years of clinical experience in private practice and Skilled Nursing settings, with specific experience in clinical case management in Gerontology.

Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.

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