You know how important bathing regularly is to both physical health and mental and emotional well-being. Staying clean reduces the risk of infection and illness, but also makes you feel your best and feel good about yourself.
A senior or caregiver can be uncomfortable…
For an elderly adult who is dealing with mobility, balance, flexibility, cognitive, or other issues and limitations, however, bathing might pose challenges that make it difficult or even impossible for them to handle on their own safely and effectively. As their family caregiver, you could help them with this task, but as it is a sensitive personal care need, you or your aging parent might not feel comfortable with you being involved. Fortunately, bathing assistance is one of the many care services that an elderly care provider can offer to your senior to help them live their highest quality of life as they age in place.
How is this beneficial to you as a caregiver?
A home care provider is a neutral, professional person, which means that them providing assistance for bathing often takes the stress and discomfort away from the task. Your parent is more likely to feel at ease and cooperate with a care provider, especially if they have been raised to be very modest and have always maintained that modesty around you and your siblings.
The care that they give to your parent will be respectful and focused on maintaining your parent’s dignity, supporting their independence, and ensuring that they stay healthy and comfortable according to their needs. This is not only beneficial for your parent but also helps to reduce your stress and keep your relationship with your parent stronger. By taking a step back from this task while still knowing that your parent is getting respectful, thorough assistance, you can focus your energy and attention on other elements of their care needs.
How can elderly care help?
Starting home care for your aging parent can be an exceptional way to help them live the quality of life that they desire and deserve. An in-home senior care services provider will create a care approached specifically tailored to your parent’s individual needs, challenges, and limitations, but also with their personality, lifestyle, and goals in mind. This means that they will be able to stay healthy, happy, safe, and comfortable, while also pursuing greater independence and fulfillment as they age in place.
These services can include safe and reliable transportation to ensure that your parent can get where they need and want to go on their own schedule, mobility support, assistance with personal care needs, help caring for their home, medication reminders to keep them compliant with their prescriptions and guidelines, and companionship to support high mental and emotional health.