When providing Fairfield stroke care for a senior loved one, it’s important to take precautions to make bath time as safe as possible. Senior stroke survivors typically have limited amounts of movement, which means they may not be able to react quickly while in the shower or bath. However, there are a few items you can purchase that can increase your loved one’s safety while bathing.
1. Handheld Showerhead
This is one of the easiest ways to increase safety in the shower. Your loved one can hold the showerhead and hose apparatus, making it easier to rinse the body without standing directly under the showerhead and reducing the risk of falls.
2. Shower Chair
Following a stroke, it may be difficult for your loved one to stand without falling, but a shower chair gives him or her a place to sit while bathing. The chair can also provide comfort if your loved one finds it physically straining to stand for a long time.
3. Slipper Socks
Though slipper socks are more commonly worn to bed or around the house, there are some designed specifically for use in the shower. The pads on the bottoms of the socks can help keep your loved one’s feet in place, which lowers his or her risk of slipping when getting in and out of the shower or tub.
4. Soap on a Rope
Bar soap is easy to drop, and a slippery shower floor can increase your loved one’s risk of falling if he or she bends over to pick it up. One solution is to get soap attached to a rope hung on a hook on the shower wall. Make sure the rope is long enough for your loved one to easily maneuver it while sitting on the shower chair.
5. Brushes with Long Handles
Instead of having to twist and turn to wash his or her body with a cloth, consider purchasing a brush with a long handle for your loved one. These brushes make it easier to reach the back and legs without straining. A strap can be added so the brush is secure around the wrist and has a lower risk of falling onto the floor.
When recovering from a stroke, seniors often need a level of support that some families are unable to provide. If you need help keeping your loved one safe and comfortable at home, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can assist with mobility, provide medication reminders, and help with tasks like bathing, grooming, and cleaning. For more information on the home care Fairfield seniors and their families trust, call one of our experienced Care Managers at 203-955-1915 today.