For most people, bathing is an every day or every other day part of taking care of themselves. It might be a quick shower before work or an indulgent bubble bath to relax at the end of a long day, but either way, it is probably a part of your day you look forward to.
As a family caregiver, however, it is important to recognize that bathing may be stressful for your aging loved one.
Many seniors struggle with challenges and limitations that can make bathing more difficult, and if these challenges have stopped your parent from being able to bathe independently, you may have had to step in to assist them with this task. Having to accept help for such a personal and potentially sensitive task can be upsetting for your senior. Fortunately, elder care can help. Bringing an elderly home care services provider into your parent’s bathing routine can reduce stress and allow you to focus more energy and attention on the other aspects of your senior’s care.
Some of the ways elder care can make bathing less stressful for your senior include:
-Taking away the need for you to be the one providing this assistance for them. Many elderly adults struggle with the idea of their adult child helping them with a sensitive care task. A neutral professional can offer this assistance without the emotional strain.
-Elder care allows your parent to manage their bathing needs on the schedule that is right for them. They do not need to constantly rely on you or only bathe when you have the time to help them. Rather, they can add this to their routine when it works for their needs, and feel more in control of the process.
-A care provider can take as much time as your parent needs to help them through this process so they can take on more of it on their own. Feeling as though they have no independence and control over this task can be very stressful, and having a care provider take the time to go through each step with them and allow them to do as much as they want can make the process less stressful and more welcome for your parent.
Independence is vital to all people, and that doesn’t change as a senior gets older.
Many elderly adults struggle with the feeling that they’ve lost their independence and no longer have control over their own life. This can lead to depression and anxiety, and even resentment of you because they feel like you are trying to take over.
As a family caregiver, you can help your parent maintain more of their independence and feel more in control of their own life. One of the most effective ways is to start elder care for them. Bringing an elderly home care services provider into your parents care routine can promote independence in a wide variety of ways.
This care provider can offer safe and reliable transportation so they can take on more of their own errands and participate in activities outside of the home, help take care of housekeeping tasks, and support them in fulfilling their daily personal needs in respectful and personalized ways. This promotes your senior’s quality of life and helps you to feel more confident in their lifestyle as well as in your ongoing relationship with them.