Bathing is one of the basic personal care tasks that people do regularly to keep themselves healthy, comfortable, and well. As a family caregiver it is likely that you think about your parent’s bathing and ensuring that they not only bathe regularly and efficiently, but safely and comfortably. When considering bathing safety, you may immediately think about issues such as slipping, falling, or losing balance and tumbling in the bath or shower. This, however, is not the only potential risk that your parent might face. There is another potentially serious danger that could result in injuries and risk for infection and other issues. This is scalding.
There are several issues that could lead to increased risk that your parent might suffer scalding during bathtime. One is diabetes. If your parent has diabetes, they might suffer a condition known as neuropathy. This condition includes nerve damage that can cause your parent to not be able to properly feel stimuli with their feet. This means that they are not able to feel pain or temperatures effectively. If your parent deals with this condition, they might submerge their feel in very hot water without realizing it, potentially causing serious burns.
Another issue that can contribute to increased risk of scalding is cognitive functioning decline, such as Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. A person who is dealing with this condition may not understand the concept of burning or the danger of hot water. They may not know how to gauge the temperature of water and might turn on the hot water at full blast and expose their body to it. They may also not be able to process pain signals, which means that even if they are burning, they may not feel the pain, or may not understand why they are feeling the pain and what to do about it.
If your parent has either of these conditions, supervision from you or a senior care provider before and during baths or showers can be instrumental in keeping your parent safer and healthier.
Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you make for them throughout the course of your caregiver journey with them. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging loved one on a fully customized schedule that ensures that they have access to the care, support, assistance, and companionship that they need to manage their individual challenges, needs, and limitations. This not only helps your senior manage these issues in the way that is right for them, but also supports a lifestyle that is as active, engaged, fulfilling, and independent as possible as they age in place. This can include safe and reliable transportation to where your parent needs and wants to go, physical assistance for mobility issues, help with personal care needs and the fulfillment of activities of daily living, medication reminders to help them stay compliant, and companionship to boost mental and emotional health and help them enjoy this chapter of their life as much as possible.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering senior care in Saratoga, CA, please contact the caring staff at Bay Area Home Care. Call today 650-938-4031.