Percentage of patients who get better at bathing

What It Means
Most people value being able to take care of themselves. In some cases, it may take more time for you to bathe yourself than to have someone bathe you. But, it is important that home health care staff and informal caregivers encourage you to do as much as you can for yourself. Your home health staff will evaluate your need for, and teach you how to use any special devices or equipment that you may need to help you increase you ability to perform some activities without the assistance of another person.

Why It Is Important
You need certain physical abilities (motor skills) to take a bath (or shower). You may need help from a person or special equipment. Your physical abilities can be developed or maintained by managing your symptoms or through physical or occupational therapy. Getting better at bathing yourself means you may need less assistance or equipment to bathe. This may be a sign that you are making progress or meeting the goals of your care plan.

Being able to bathe yourself is important so you can be more independent, stay clean, feel better about yourself, and stay healthy. It is especially important if you don't have informal caregivers who can help you when your home health caregiver is not there or your home health care ends.

If you can take a bath with little help, you may be more independent, feel better about yourself, and stay more active. This can affect your health in a good way. Your ability to bathe yourself may help you live independently as long as possible in your own home.

If you stop taking care of yourself, it may mean that your health has gotten worse. In addition, your health and quality of life may get worse in the future. Some patients will lose function in their basic daily activities even though the home health care agency provides good care.

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