Bathing is crucial for cleanliness, hygiene, health, relaxation, and self-perception. Inadequate bathing can lead to skin or urinary track infections, itchiness, and body odor.

Daily Bathing Not Required

While most people shower or take a bath daily, it is not required for good health. Bathing at least once or twice weekly can help most seniors avoid skin breakdown and infections. To minimize body odor between full baths or showers, use a washcloth to wipe feet, armpits, groin, genitals, and any skin folds.

Some dementia caregivers advocate daily bathing, as it becomes part of the affected senior’s regular daily routine, making it less likely that they will resist.

In any case, it is essential to take specific health conditions into consideration when choosing a bathing schedule. Some people may need to bathe more frequently than others for medical reasons.

The easiest and most thorough means of cleaning the body is a shower or bath in a tub. But if you have limited mobility, or cannot or simply do not want to frequently take a shower or bath, a sponge bath can be an effective alternative.

Safety and Comfort are Key Bathing Concerns

Moving to and from the bathroom, and entering and exiting the bathtub or shower  can be a challenge for many seniors. Weakness, injury, poor balance, impaired mental faculties or vision, and other factors can limit the senior’s ability to bathe, and enthusiasm for making the effort.

Mobility aids such as rolling shower/commode chairs, grab bars, and non-slip floors help with movement to and within the bathroom. Transfer benches, walk-in bathtubs, and roll-in barrier-free showers help make entry and exit from the tub or shower easier. Shower benches and chairs allow for  sitting while bathing. A hand-held showerhead makes it easier to shower while sitting and spraying under parts.

Make sure bathroom lighting is good, including having a light in the shower.

Below is a sampling of products and equipment that are designed to help you with bathing.  Click on the links to find out more information, see other products selections, and if you like, to make a purchase from one of our providers.

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Companion Massage Walk In Tub 60″ x 30″

  • Acrylic
  • Imported
  • Measures 30” wide x 60” long x 38” high with two 20” seats facing each other
  • Gloss finish easy to clean white acrylic shell reinforced with fiberglass gel coat
  • Low step-in threshold, deck mount grab bar and slip resistant floor to enhance the safety of the bathers
  • Two of 2″ drains with overflows and two independently operated drain openers with easy grip extended handles
  • 15 Air therapy system has a 3-speed air flow push control system and auto-purge that removes residual water from the pipes
  • 18 Jet Hydrotherapy System has an intensity control dial, in-line water heater and ozone sterilization. Delivers therapeutic massage to the lower back, hips, legs and feet
  • In-line water heater helps to maintain the consistent water temperature when hydro jets are in use
  • Ozone sterilization eliminates a wide variety of microbiological bacteria, and prevents mold and mildew build-up
  • Thermostat control valve, blends hot water with cold water to ensure constant, safe bath outlet temperatures, preventing scalding

Freedom 31 in. x 60 in. x 77-1/2 in. Barrier Free Roll-In Shower Kit in White with Right Drain

  • Roll in barrier free shower base for easy wheelchair entry and exit
  • Textured slip resistant grip sure floor
  • Steel and wood reinforced walls, no drywall needed
  • Attach accessories anywhere to fit anyone’s needs-exact placement of accessories for any size person
  • Shower door friendly opening
  • Easy to clean premium marine grade gel coat fiberglass
  • Self-supporting pre-leveled base-no mud set required
  • Right hand side drain position
  • Available in 4 sizes: 48 in. x 36 in., 60 in. x 30 in., 60 in. x 33 in. and 60 in. x 36 in.
  • Included: collapsible white rubber dam with end caps
  • Included: 2 in. chrome shower floor drain with friction seal
  • Included: three 16 in. curved, polished chrome grab bars and one 2-in-1 shower diverter grab bar
  • 30-year limited lifetime warranty (on shower panel

Nova Walk-In Non-Whirlpool Bathtub Heated Wheelchair Accessible 5 ft. in White with Chrome Trim

  • Nova ergonomic heating system creates a comfortably soothing heated backrest
  • White finish with polished chrome trim
  • Left side drain location
  • Removable front access panels for maintenance

Roll-In 60 in. x 50 in. Single Threshold Shower Base in White

  • Acrylic with fiberglass reinforcement for added durability
  • Single-piece shower pan with polished chrome drain
  • Integrated tile flange for easy installation and waterproofing
  • Non-skid bottom
  • California residents see Prop 65 WARNINGS