Some seniors may need help getting on and off the toilet, and this should not be something to be ashamed of. Even if the senior is independent, they may still need a little help every time they use the bathroom. Good thing toileting assistance is one of the many services we provide in our non-medical home care in Poughkeepsie New York.
If seniors live with family caregivers, the latter must also know that their safety should also be considered. Because they don’t get formal training in safe lifting and transfer techniques, it’s easy to get hurt when helping older family members. Here are some tips we recommend to seniors and family caregivers when toileting:
- Encourage the senior to move on their own to avoid any chance of injury for both of you.
- Assist the senior by providing balance support.
- Never lift the senior outright or ask them to pull on you.
- Hold on to their hips and trunk to give them stability. Avoid pulling their arms or legs.
- Always bend your knees when supporting them.
On top of all these tips, be sure to communicate well with your senior loved one. Use short sentences to explain the next step and give them ample time to do what you ask. If they have mobility assistive devices like walkers, make sure they also use them properly. To get professional help, our health care in Poughkeepsie New York, is always available.