About Bathing Supplies
Bathing is an important part of caring for our loved ones. It not only helps them to feel clean and refreshed, but it can also be a way to show them that we care and that we are there for them. It can be a time of bonding and connection, as we take the time to be with them and help with something that can be difficult.
Loved ones who struggle with balance may need additional support while in the shower or bath. These supplies help make bathing more comfortable, enjoyable, and safer while helping to reducing the risk of falls.
For those who require a stable surface for bathing supplies and products, or to keep items within reach while bathing, consider options such as:
When bathing only is needed for hair and face, Bibs can help keep clothing clean and dry.
If your loved one experiences limited range of motion, Rags & Scrubbers include sponges with extended handles to reach and wash lower back and extremities.
Whether your loved one needs a good foot soak, or you just need a basin to hold water to provide a quick bathing experience, Shower Basins & Bedside Baths are ideal options to have on hand.
How to Choose:
When selecting self-care products, you should take a few factors into account:
Regarding skin care, first consider your skin type or the type of your loved one. This will help you narrow down which products will work best for you. Do you have sensitive skin? Dry skin? Oily skin? Combination skin? Knowing your skin type will make it easier to find products that will work well for you.
Next, consider your loved ones’ mobility level.
- Bed-bound or very limited mobility: Staying clean can be a real challenge for loved ones that suffer from limited mobility - if you or the person you’re caring for is bed-bound, consider some of our no-rinse options, like no-rinse cleansers and shampoos. Adult wipes and bathing gloves make for easier cleaning from bed.
- Moderate mobility: Shower chairs and bath benches are a great way to help loved ones shower if they struggle for long periods of time. Integrating no-rinse cleansing supplies in between showers can also help a loved one feel refreshed when they don’t feel up to a full shower.
- Full mobility: Loved ones with full mobility or loved ones that are able to shower regularly on their alone should prioritize other features like scent.
Finally, take some time to read reviews of self care products before making your purchase. This can be a great way to narrow down your choices and find the perfect self care products for you. For example, look at Sween 24’s Once a Day Bold Cream, for Normal to Dry, Flaky, itchy skin. Kathryn S. raves “This is the best rich, non-greasy moisture cream. It stays on and really protects.”
Are shower chairs worth it?
Yes, shower chairs are worth it. Shower chairs are:
- designed to make bathing more efficient by providing a comfortable and stable seating option for those who have difficulty standing in the shower.
- usually made of lightweight, waterproof material and have adjustable legs, armrests, and backrests to provide support and stability.
- designed to be easily moved around the shower area, also allowing the user to bathe without having to stand up. This makes it easier for those with physical limitations to bathe without assistance.
Where should grab bars be placed in a shower?
- Horizontal bars are placed on the longer (side) wall, centered, and at a height of 33-36 inches from the ground.
- Vertical grab bars are placed near the shower entrance.
- Both should be securely anchored to the wall studs.
How do you make a small bathroom safe for an elderly person?
When making a small bathroom safe for our elderly loved ones, it is important to consider the physical and cognitive limitations that come with age. Some suggestions may include adding or installing:
- grab bars near the toilet, tub, and shower are essential for providing balance and stability
- a shower chair or bench can also help with mobility
- non-slip mats in the bathtub and shower to help prevent falls
- handheld showerhead
- raised toilet seat Another helpful tip is to ensure the bathroom is well-lit and free of clutter. Adding a medical alert system can provide peace of mind in case of an emergency.
What are the benefits of an overbed table?
- provide a safe and comfortable place to bathe, as they can be placed anywhere your loved one needs to remain while bathing.
- are adjustable and can be raised or lowered to the user’s preference – which makes it easier for those with limited mobility to bathe without having to stretch or strain.
- offer a stable and convenient surface to place items such as shampoo, soap, and other bathing supplies, such as a towel or robe.
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