One of the “activities of daily living” that can be difficult for aging in place seniors is bathing. Many homes have bathtubs with high sides that are difficult for seniors with reduced mobility to step in and out of. Water and soap make surfaces slippery even for people without balance issues, but they can be especially treacherous for seniors. Adding grab bars and slip-proof surfaces can help, as can changing the plumbing fixtures to allow easier access, but you might also consider hiring a bath nurse to help. Bathing family members can be embarrassing for both parties, so a bath nurse help save the dignity of the person needing care. It’s best to ensure that the same bath nurse can come repeatedly rather than have a different nurse every time because it helps the person needing the bath to relax and feel more comfortable.
Selecting A Bath Nurse
When looking for a bath nurse, consider the following additional factors before hiring someone:
- Go through a reputable agency
- Strong references
- Personality and comfortable fit
One thing to be aware of is that Medicare does not cover the cost of personal services such as a bath nurse, even though there may not be another option. Many Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans do cover this service though, so be sure to check your insurance carefully. Community services may also have funds to cover this, so check with local senior centers as well.