Fact: a nice, warm shower will always make you feel better.

But for many elderly people, bathing can be a taxing and sometimes dangerous task. People with dementia or physical health conditions can begin to find it difficult to keep up their regular personal care routines. But keeping clean is important in keeping healthy, both physically and mentally.

Your elderly companion might need some assistance in bathing. Here are 5 ways to maintain a healthy level of personal hygiene for a fresh start to the new year.

1. Make sure the bathroom is safe

It’s often a fear of slipping that stops the elderly from using the shower. Luckily, there are ways to safeguard the bathroom to ensure it’s senior-friendly. Handrails, for example, are a great way to ensure your loved one can sit and stand confidently when getting into the bath or using the toilet – and grip mats on the floors will ensure a slip-proof environment. 

2. Use clear labels 

Labelling personal care products like shampoo will give your elderly companion the confidence to wash, even if you’re not there to help. You can even take it a step further for people with dementia or declining health conditions by labelling utilities in the bathroom such as the shower, cabinet, sink and door.

3. Lighting is key

As we get older, our eyesight tends to decline. It’s vital to ensure the bathroom is well-lit for your elderly loved one, so they can navigate it with ease. 

4. Create a routine

Set out a regular routine for your companion to follow. This could be as simple as brushing teeth, combing hair and taking a 5-minute shower, but it can really help if you set out an order and a time to complete these activities each day. If you’re not around to help, perhaps give them a quick call to check in on whether they’re following the routine as a gentle reminder.

5. Get rid of toxic substances

Bathrooms can be full of harsh and harmful cleaning products, like bleach. To ensure a safe and welcoming environment, avoid any accidents by locking these away in a cupboard and only take them out when they need to be used.

To talk about how Afea can help your loved one with personal care, give us a call on 1300 65 11 33.