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Struggles with mobility and balance are common in seniors and often make bathroom visits more challenging. Consider these four tips to maintain your loved one’s dignity while preventing slips and falls.

1. Monitor the Degree of Frailty

Arthritis, osteoporosis, and dementia all play a role in how difficult it is for your loved one to navigate the bathroom.

You may need to walk to the bathroom with him or her to minimize the risk of a fall, or he or she may require assistance getting onto, staying on and getting off of the toilet. Discuss your loved one’s condition with his or her doctor to determine how much support is needed to prevent accidents and injury.

2. Keep Safety in Mind

According to Aging.com, falls are “the most frequent reason for non-fatal trauma” in seniors, and 30% to 50% of falls result from unsafe environmental conditions.

If your loved one is wary about having help in the bathroom, explain the potential safety hazards. Install a toilet seat with grab bars to aid him or her in sitting down and getting up, and provide verbal guidance as needed to help with proper positioning over the seat.

3. Remember Your Loved One is an Adult

When aiding your loved one with bathroom concerns, use the same language you would for other conversations. Changing your tone or wording may make your loved one feel like he or she is being babied, and it increases the potential for embarrassment.

If your loved one needs to be prompted about bathroom visits, avoid using condescending language. Store incontinence products out of sight, and don’t make a big deal out of their use.

4. Don’t Compromise Privacy

As long as your loved one can support himself or herself on the toilet and clean up when he or she is done, you should leave the bathroom and close the door once he or she is settled. Knock before going back in, and only open the door without permission if there’s a sign that something is wrong.

Should your loved one require support and help through the whole process, continue to speak plainly, offering guidance without drawing attention to anything private or personal.

Your loved one may feel uncomfortable asking for help using the toilet, but approaching his or her needs with patience, care and respect preserves his or her dignity and makes bathroom visits less of a challenge for both of you.

If you’re unable to be there for your loved one when he or she needs to use the restroom, Caring Home Care can help! Our certified personal care assistants are trained to meet your loved one’s needs and help them live as independent of a life as possible. Learn more about our personal care assistants today!

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