Family Caregiver Tips in Durham NH
When you signed on to take care of your aging mother, maybe you didn’t think about all of the things she would need assistance with on a daily basis. One of those things that has come to light recently might be bathing. It’s not easy to help another adult to bathe, especially when they have limited physical strength and capabilities. It can also be an incredibly uncomfortable situation for some family members to help out their loved ones. That doesn’t mean it is impossible, but it has the potential to increase the level of stress as a caregiver.
These following four tips can certainly assist just about any family caregiver who needs to help a loved one with their personal hygiene, especially bathing.
Tip #1: Make sure you and the senior are comfortable with this potential situation.
If the elderly individual is not comfortable, he or she might not say anything and just grin and bear it. However, nobody should be put in an uncomfortable situation. If you, as the family caregiver, are also uncomfortable, you need to speak up and let the elderly individual know. There are other alternatives.
Tip #2: Consider hiring a professional home care aide.
Too many people assume that you have to hire a home care aide for full-time work, meaning 40 hours a week. That’s simply not true. A home care aide who works for an agency can be hired for just one or two days a week, for as little as two hours each shift. This can be just enough for them to come to the house and help the senior with bathing every other day or as needed.
Tip #3: Never lift with your back.
If you are comfortable and the senior is comfortable with this particular situation, when you are assisting them into and out of the tub, make sure you’re not bending over at the hips if you have to support their weight at all. Rely on your legs, which may mean positioning yourself partly in the tub and partly out with a firm footing that won’t slip.
Tip #4: Rely on a shower seat and grab bars.
When you rely on a shower seat and grab bars, it provides support and assistance for the elderly individual. You may need to help that person into and out of the tub, but once they are safely situated on the seat, they can take care of the rest of themselves.
These tips can certainly help to reduce caregiver stress in your life and even for the senior.
If you or someone you know needs the help of caregiver services near Durham, NH, contact the staff at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (603) 609-0166 for more information.
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