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Gently Showering Your Aging Parent

We love to pass along caregiving tips that might help our readers with aging parents.  One of the realities of caregiving that many new family caregivers don't fully understand when faced with these responsibilities is showering and bathing a loved one.  This is a delicate subject for both the family caregiver as well as the aging parent.  This is a vulnerable (and scary) time for both, but it doesn't have to be if you understand some of the basic techniques associated with this exercise.

Caregivers for Caregivers put this great educational video together on showering your aging parent.  They offer a wide variety of information that provides help to Caregivers of all types. One of Caregivers for Caregivers mantras reads; “We help you look at the world to see it as the new normal”.  Today we'd like to share a video that provides great tips on showering your aging parent.  We've included a clip below.

Tips: Showering Your Aging Parent

  • The caregiver should over communicate.  Letting your aging parent know exactly what's going on at all times (and why) is important and will set everyone at ease.
  • The caregiver should plan the shower routine.  Notice that he has the proper equipment (chair, towel, shower temperature, etc.) all ready for his resident.
  • Keep your loved one covered so their not cold when out of the water.

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Comments

  1. Hi Amie, Smart tips here. If I’m to add, I’ll love to add that Seniors be treated in the same manner that kids are, only with respect and 100% obedience to their will and choices. This means that, if an elderly person wants to shower at a particular time or use a particular lotion, that should be respected by the caregiver, 100%. Of course, over-communication is key and remains central. Do make the day great! I love your blog 🙂 Always, A. Terungwa

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