Showers. Long, hot, cleansing showers. They are a great way to wake up in the morning, aren’t they? As a member of the Sandwich Generation, constantly busy caring for elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren, showers are my favorite places to pray as well.
Sometimes, though, showers aren’t much fun! If you are caring for an elderly parent or other loved one who can’t take a regular shower or bath easily, it can be something very difficult. I was reading an interesting blog this week written by a woman caring for her mother who has Alzheimer’s Disease. I really appreciated what she shared at Caregivers Alzheimers. It reminded me of when we went through a hospice services program with my sweet dad and learned about some great bathing helps.
I later used those when I was on bed rest with a severe broken left ankle. If it hadn’t been for the nurses with the hospice services program, I never would have known these products existed. I wrote to share them with her in case she didn’t know about them. Then I realized I should share them with you as well 🙂 .
Amazon carries them and being able to have them shipped straight to your house is a big help when you are extra busy caring for a bedridden elderly parent! Amazon also carries the No Rinse Moisturizing Body Wash, and No Rinse Body Bath with an odor eliminator. If you have the Amazon Prime Discount Membership, you can get these in two days with free shipping. Very handy for busy caregivers! We have also ordered them directly from Walmart and from Walgreens pharmacy department and both were able to get them in quickly each time we ordered.
When using the No Rinse shampoo, just pour some on the patient’s hair, gently massage their hair well to suds it up, then dry it with a towel. For the No Rinse body wash, you mix a small amount with a container of water, use a sponge or washcloth and wash the patient’s body. No rinsing is required. You just dry and they are feeling clean and comfortable with much less effort required than a normal bath or shower.
Bathing our loved ones will never be easy, but great products like No Rinse Shampoo and Body Bath do make things much less difficult for those of us in the Sandwich Generation caring for our elderly parents!
P.S. These also make great gifts for our elderly parents who don’t live with us! 🙂