What Are The Advantages of a Shower vs Sponge Baths?

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When a loved endures a debilitating injury or illness, his or her life undergoes some significant changes. Not the least of which is facing a difficulty with bathing. Bathing is no small matter as most of us consider it a vital daily task. So what happens when someone with a major mobility issue is unable to bathe himself/herself? Generally speaking, this is when sponge baths become part of daily life.

Especially during one’s elongated hospital stay, a sponge bath can become part of a regular routine. That also known as a bed bath, this type of bathing technique is pretty much what it sounds like. It entails a caregiver using a wet sponge to cleanse all areas of the body of a person who is confined to a bed. Needless to say, this doesn’t exactly provide the ideal bathing experience for the person with the mobility issue.

As you can imagine, an actual shower that uses running water is far more preferred. Quite simply, it can’t be beat in the world of bathing. For those with mobility issues, a running showered is a far better solution than a sponge bath. To reiterate, there is just no comparison for a number of reasons. Truthfully, there are several advantages of showers with running water over sponge baths.

Here are three:

1. Showers Provide a Much Better Clean

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It should probably go without saying that when an individual has the opportunity to bathe under running water, he/she is going to get cleaner than if he/she was confined to a bed. To lather up with soap or body wash and has it completely rinse off under the running water provides a fresh and revitalized feeling that a damp sponge simply cannot provide. Lovers of personal hygiene simply won’t settle for anything less.

2. Showers Allow You to Properly Wash Your Hair

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Many people who have experienced sponge baths complain that they don’t get a full clean. And that’s partly because of the infrequency of shampooing that takes place. As mentioned earlier, there’s nothing like running water to get the suds adequately rinsed from your body. This goes double for our hair. During a sponge bath, a recipient is a lot less likely to get a proper shampoo of his or her hair.

3. Showers Provide Ample Privacy

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Everyone knows that a shower is an intimate experience. For the most part, it’s an activity that people prefer to do in privacy. A sponge bath not only eliminates privacy because of the requirement of a caregiver, but it can also be a violating experience. The unpleasantness associated with having someone else bathe you –especially if that person is a stranger –can cause one not to wish to bathe at all.

At Forward Day, we’ve found that one of the top reasons that our customers have for being interested in our Shower Bay portable showered is because of the dignity that they are bound to restore in their users. It’s important to remember that when facing a mobility issue, an individual endures both physical and emotional hardships. Regaining independence and self-confidence through the use of an actual shower, we’ve found, is one of the top benefits of taking advantage of the Shower Bay.

Advantages of a shower vs sponge baths

Unlike a bed bath, the Shower Bay offers a legitimate shower experience that allows users to enjoy thorough cleans. As well, they provide additional safety as users can roll their shower wheelchairs directly in and out of the portable showers. This eliminates the risk of slipping and falling either during the shower or during a transfer from a wheelchair to a traditional tub. Shower can be enjoyed in a relaxing environment with one’s dignity fully intact.

It’s time to make unpleasant sponge baths things of the past! If you have any questions about how our Shower Bay portable showers can help with that, please don’t hesitate to contact us to ask them. Give us a call at 1-877-223-8999 or email us at info@showerbay.com.

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