>> Jan 18, 2013
Helping a disabled friend or a family member to take baths can make their life a lot easier. While most people do not have to think twice about taking a shower or a bath, but for someone, who is paralyzed or disabled in anyway way, getting into a bath tub can be extraordinarily difficult for them. Lending a helping hand can make their life easier and less frustrated.
This is especially true if your loved one has recently met an accident and become less-able. Helping people, who have recently become disabled with uncomplicated self-care like showering or bathing can make an enormous difference in their emotional well-being and rate of adjustment. Dealing with less-ables can be a bit confusing, if you have never done it before. Keeping a few tips in mind can make your loved ones feel more comfortable, until you get used to your new routine.
1. Your first step should be to able to find out if there is a requirement for exceptional disabled baths. Depending on your loved one’s disability, one might have to get exceptional equipment. That is something that should be discussed with a doctor. For example, someone with a slight disability can be okay with your help without getting any new equipment, like handheld shower nozzles or hand rails. But, for someone who is fully paralyzed or bedridden, on the other hand, will need an entirely different level of care.
2. After figuring the right equipment, one can get supplies for the bathrooms. Talk to your loved one about what makes them comfortable. It is crucial to follow routine and to keep calm, and make sure that they are perfectly comfortable at the time of bathing. Do not treat them as a chore or in a rush because that can make the loved one feel like a nuisance. Instead, set up a time that works for both, and make it a part of your regular schedule.
3. Organize everything one need to use ahead of time. Put fresh towels nearby, and get shampoo, conditioner, body wash and bath towels. Fill up the bath tub with warm water. It should be slightly hot but not too hot. Be gentle, and take your time, do not rush. Disability makes people more aggressive, and they can turn upset too quickly. Talk to your loved one about their life and other ordinary things to put them at ease and make the whole process feel more natural.
Even if, your loved one can move on their own a little, it is a good idea to invest in a few products for disabled baths. Installing hand rails can be an inexpensive addition, and less-able can grab them and stand up. One should also put down a slip-resistant bath mat; which avoid accidents while coming out of the bath. In the long run, consider investing in more sophisticated equipment like a walk-in tub and unique shower nuzzles.
Author Bio : Neelam is a blogger and writes for AQVA Bathrooms, the on-line store for acrylic bath tubs. Apart from writing, she loves cooking and painting. If you would like to know more about AQVA Bathrooms, you can follow them on twitter @aqvabathrooms