Shower chairs are just large enough to fit in a tub or shower stall. They usually include non-slip features and are easy to clean and to maintain. They usually have holes in the seat so that your elderly family member doesn’t have to sit in water while she’s showering. Your senior might not like the idea of a shower chair at first, but she might start to see the benefits.
Your Senior Doesn’t Have to Worry about Balancing.
Your elderly family member is particularly vulnerable to mobility concerns in the shower. If your senior has a difficult time standing, a wet shower floor and soapy water make the situation worse. Sitting in a shower chair allows your elderly family member to bathe easily, but she doesn’t have to worry about standing up and maintaining her balance while she’s showering.
She Can Save up Some Energy.
It takes more energy than you realize to stand in a shower, especially when health issues are robbing her of energy. COPD requires a great deal of energy just for your senior to breathe, so to stand in the shower and deal with the humidity and everything else can be difficult. If she has a shower chair, though, your senior can use less energy in the shower.
It’s Easier for Someone to Help Her Bathe.
Elder care providers make bathing much easier for your senior, especially if she’s unable to do so on her own. Tools such as a shower chair make that process even easier for everyone involved. When elder care providers can focus solely on helping your senior bathe, they don’t have to worry about falls or other potential problems.
Your Senior Can Enjoy Showering Again.
So many seniors avoid showers or baths because they are nervous about falling or getting injured in some other way. A shower chair can help your elderly family member to feel confident in her ability to shower again, whether she has help or is trying to shower on her own. She may even find that she’s ready to shower more often because it’s not as scary for her.
Your elderly family member might find it difficult at first to get used to using a shower chair. After a little bit of time, though, she may come to realize that she feels more secure and safer in the shower when she’s using her shower chair. That can make a world of difference for her.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Danville, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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