When we become old and frail it gets harder and harder to carry out the normal activities of daily living. These activities include dressing, eating, using the bathroom, and washing oneself.
Bathing can be particularly challenging if you don’t have a walk-in shower, i.e. one without a step. Likewise, having a bath becomes impossible unless you have a strong person to help you in and out of it.
Many older people have difficulty moving their arms sufficiently to wash themselves properly. Also washing them at home can be challenging. And bathrooms with wet floors are slippery places where the risk of a fall is significant. When bathing gets challenging, it’s time to consider a nursing home.