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Bathing Safety Tips to Help Seniors with Parkinson’s

When providing elderly care in Las Vegas for a senior with Parkinson’s disease, it’s important to ensure certain parts of the house are made safer for someone with this condition. The bathroom is one place aging adults with Parkinson’s are often injured. If your elderly loved one has Parkinson’s disease, here are some safety tips to follow that can help keep him or her safe while bathing.

Install Handrails

The shower or bathtub should have at least two handrails professionally installed in it. Your loved one can use the railings to gain balance should he or she get dizzy when trying to get in and out of the tub or shower. Railings are important because it’s dangerous for seniors with Parkinson’s to use a soap dish, towel rack, or faucet as a handrail when they feel unbalanced. 

Make Soap Easier to Access

To avoid dropping the soap, your loved one can put a bar of soap into a nylon stocking and tie it to one of the handrails or use pump soap or soap on a rope. These options can help prevent the need for your loved one to bend down, which could cause him or her to lose balance and fall.

Purchase a Shower Seat or Bench

Your loved one can use either a transfer bench that begins on the outside of the tub and ends inside it or a standard seat that simply fits inside the bathtub. A physical therapist or Las Vegas Parkinson’s caregiver can recommend a shower bench that best suits your loved one’s needs. Having a bench to use in the shower can help seniors with Parkinson’s remain steady should they experience dizziness when bending down to wash the bottoms of their feet or closing their eyes to wash their hair. 

Increase Overall Safety in the Bathroom

Put nonskid mats or strips at the base of your loved one’s bathtub to increase the stability of slippery surfaces that could put him or her in danger of falling. Make sure there is proper lighting in the bathroom, especially in the bathing area. Also, decrease the clutter around the tub that could cause your loved one to fall should he or she experience any dizzy spells. Your loved one’s safety during bathing can be increased with the help of a professional caregiver. At Home Care Assistance, our expertly trained caregivers can not only help with bathing and grooming, but also with cooking, exercise, and many other important daily tasks. In addition to Parkinson’s care, we also offer post-stroke, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care in Las Vegas. For more information on how our senior care services can help keep your loved one safe at home, call one of our experienced Care Managers at 702-550-3185 today.