A warm bath or shower can ease stiffness and pain, so make it like a spa experience. Soap on a rope, a shower mitt, or a loofah can reduce stress on fingers. Place a towel on the edge of the tub to make it easy to swivel in and out. If your shoulders and elbows are painful, wrap yourself in a thick terrycloth robe afterward instead of struggling to dry off with a towel. Also, since the bathroom is a common place for accidents, especially for elders with OA, consider adding other safety features such as a shower chair and a safety bar.