Recent surgery on both feet has left me completely homebound, quasi-bedbound, and largely dependent on my parents as caregivers for the duration of the summer. This post is one in a series of reflections on my experiences that mirror those central to some seniors’ lives.
One of the most difficult post-surgical instructions for me to accept was that I could not bathe for several weeks. This keeps my bandages dry, but also reduces my chances of losing my balance while getting in and out of a tub, or just standing on a slippery floor. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) issued a report estimating that bathrooms accounted for over 234,000 of emergency-department visits in 2008, with bathtubs/showers accounting for the highest rate of nonfatal, unintentional accidents (68%). The cause? A combination of getting in and out of the shower or actively bathing. Read more of this post