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Bathing and Hygiene

 

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    5 Simple Wardrobe Changes That Make Managing Mild Dementia Easier

    Conform the sock drawer. Switch to socks that are all identical—same style and color. No more searching for matches, or not realizing that brown and black aren’t the same. Go solid. Pare down tops and sweaters so they all color-coordinate easily. Better still, eliminate prints so outfits never clash. Adopt a uniform. Some people with… read more

  • 8/8
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    5 Tips to Get More Cooperation during Bath Time

    Use daily, no-rinse bathing wipes for the days they do not bathe. Schedule a specific time every day for “bath time,” and treat it like a spa experience. Ask your loved one to help you try out a new soap, shampoo or lotion. Does your loved one have safety concerns that may have scared them?… read more

  • 8/5
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    Advice For Caregiver on What to Do If One Refuses to Bathe

    Build positive associations with bathing: Precede the bath with a pleasant activity (listening to a favorite radio program) and follow up with another one (a dish of ice cream). Build pleasant associations with the bathroom, such as hanging favorite pictures there. Keep the door closed for privacy. Buy the person’s favorite brands or scents. Stick… read more

  • 7/23
    2013
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    Advice for Helping Your Family Member Keep Good Hygiene

    Set the stage for success. Have all products like soap and shampoo lined up and the shower running. Check with a local home care provider or medical supply store on products such as soapless shampoo. Get a note from the doctor prescribing a shower 1–2 times a week. Sometimes an authority figure besides yourself can… read more

  • 8/6
    2013
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    Alzheimer's Patient Won't Flush Toilet Tissue

    People with dementia often start doing things they would never have done in the past—but it really varies as to what those behaviors are. The best thing in these situations is to simply find a way to “work around” a behavior like this. Perhaps the trash can in the bathroom can be kept empty so… read more

  • 8/9
    2013
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    CAREGiver Shows How to Encourage Shower Time

    In this video, a Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver™ gives an example on how to encourage one to bathe. read more

  • 4/30
    2014
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    Clothes in the Toilet

    Clothing started to vanish... My client started to call the toilet "The washing machine." Her husband received a big fat bill from the plumber. My solution was a bed side commode put over the toilet. My client complains that the toilet doesn't work, we tell her "It works fine, it's just a little slow." It's… read more

  • 7/23
    2013
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    Difficulty with Your Family Member and Using the Bathroom

    Set a regular schedule toileting. Use a light touch such as “Honey, I need to use the bathroom. Would you like to come with me?” Consider adding a night light to the bathroom. Install grab bars or elevated seat for safety. Use respectful language. read more

  • 7/24
    2013
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    Encouraging Bath Time

    Approach your loved one with a smile and talk to them about their favorite subject. Ask her if she’d like to try something special, like the new lavender soap. Use new language, such as “spa” instead of “bath”. Sometimes reframing and trying different things helps. There are also products that can help you get the… read more

  • 7/16
    2013
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    Encouraging Good Hygiene and Bathing

    Put on their favorite music in the morning (get a boom box or radio in the room) to create a positive mood. “Suggest” company may be coming and they need to get up and get dressed. Buy clothes that are easier to get on and off, e.g., pull up sweats. read more

  • 7/18
    2013
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    Getting Your Loved One to Agree to Personal Care

    Try three times to turn a “no” into a “yes.” With personal care, try to create a good environment by giving a nice compliment or sharing a favorite story before you start. Give a simple choice. Do you want to use the peppermint toothpaste or the cinnamon? This helps the person feel more in charge.… read more

  • 7/16
    2013
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    Getting your Loved One to Cooperate with Bathing

    Approach your loved one with positive body language and a smile. Offer them something to look forward to after a bath, like their favorite ice cream or treat. Take a step back and see if there are any other options like sponge baths. See if there seems to be a better time of day for… read more

  • 8/5
    2013
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    How to Deal With One Who Forgets to Bathe

    Stick to a consistent bathing routine. Make it the same time the person previously bathed (first thing in the morning, right before bed). Don’t remind or even mention how long it’s been since the last cleanup. Instead of arguing, proceed with bath preparations. Don’t ask, “Did you shower?” or “Would you like to shower now?”… read more

  • 8/5
    2013
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    How to Handle One Who Has Poor Oral Health

    Have professional backup: Visit a dentist twice a year to check for cavities, gum infections, dangerously cracked teeth, ill-fitting dentures, and the like. Make sure the office knows the person has dementia, to book adequate time. For tough cases, ask for a referral to a geriatric dentist who has experience working with Alzheimer’s patients. Incorporate… read more

  • 10/5
    2013
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    Inappropriate Behavior at Bath Time

    Worked with a gentleman who had dementia who was sexually inappropriate . I had to give him a bath that day and to keep him occupied I started singing songs from musicals. He knew every song which he sang along with me and there was no sexual inappropriateness. read more

  • 8/6
    2013
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    Managing Toilet Use in Public

    Planning ahead is very helpful. If possible, know where the bathrooms are located so you don’t have to search for them when you need them. Think about the clothes your parent is wearing those days and make sure they are easy to take off in a public bathroom. If you have established a routine about… read more

  • 4/30
    2014
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    Music Can Help Bathing Time

    Showers sometimes go better when we sing her favorite songs. Often, she will join in and then we sing together. Music is one of last brain centers to go, so if your loved one likes to sing, use this tool in the shower to make it more pleasant. Also, it may help to let her… read more

  • 8/20
    2013
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    Overview: Bathing and Hygiene

    One of the most common activities for caregivers is to help with washing and bathing. Although helping with personal care can quickly become routine for the caregiver, it is important to remain sensitive to the fact that someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease may view things very differently. In the more advanced stages of dementia,… read more

  • 7/18
    2013
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    Poor Behavior Habits - Chewing

    If your loved one has developed a habit of repetitively chewing on things, get them checked by a dentist in case something is going on with their gums our mouth. The most important and obvious is to simplify and make safe the environment as much as possible to remove chew hazards. Try substituting something that… read more

  • 7/16
    2013
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    Quick Tips When Your Loved One Won't Use the Restroom

    If your loved one is soiling themselves, simplifying their wardrobe so that clothes are easier to take off could be helpful. Don’t argue or lose your patience—it will likely make matters worse. Try to respect dignity and keep your sense of humor, gently suggesting that they change or get spruced up in case friends or… read more

  • 8/5
    2013
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    Strategies on Helping Your Loved One Who Struggles with Grooming

    Let the stylist or barber know the person has dementia when you book the appointment, to allow for extra time. Don’t try to maintain an elaborate women’s hairstyle. Ask the stylist to “accidentally” cut it extra-short, so you can go longer between trimmings. Exception: If a woman has a long tradition of a weekly salon… read more

  • 11/26
    2013
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    Tips to Encourage Washing Hands

    For clients that may not like to wash their hands after using the restroom: I have a client with late stages of Alzheimer's, and she never likes to wash her hands after using the restroom. She has a bad hand, and I have used washing her hands as a therapeutic exercise that she can do… read more

  • 7/16
    2013
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    Tips to Get your Loved One in the Shower

    Getting someone with Alzheimer’s Disease to bathe or shower can be a big challenge, and it is quite common for someone to refuse. Here are some tips: Can you pinpoint why they are refusing? If so, you are more likely to find a solution. Is it a privacy issue? Is the experience unpleasant in some… read more

  • 8/6
    2013
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    Toileting at Home

    Look for signs that your parent may need to use the bathroom. Fidgeting, pulling at clothes, agitation. The more you anticipate this need, the easier it usually is. Leaving the bathroom door open can help with the visual cue that the bathroom is free. Simply being able to see the toilet may be a visual… read more

  • 8/5
    2013
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    What to Do If a Facility Won't Bathe Your Loved One

    Have a meeting with the person responsible for nursing care. Find a creative way to get the person to take a bath or shower. If being naked is a problem, allow them to wear a gown or bathing suit. Approach the person with cues. read more

  • 8/5
    2013
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    What to Do If Your Loved One Wears the Same Dirty Clothes

    Avoid pointing out that clothes being worn are dirty, which puts the person on the defensive and sets up an argument she doesn’t understand. Ask yourself if you’re bothered by the repetition of the outfit or by actual dirt or odor (A couple of generations ago, people didn’t change clothes every day). Pare down the… read more

  • 8/6
    2013
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    What to Do if Your Loved One with Dementia Won't Shower

    There are several techniques you might want to try. First, if it is possible, give your loved one a choice about shower time. If your loved one is at a stage he or she can not make these kind of choices, make sure that everything is set up for the shower and you can just… read more

  • 8/5
    2013
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    What to do If Your Loved One Won't Let You Bathe Them

    Bathing is a common problem but a complex one. Think about the whole process and ask yourself some questions about the possible causes of behavior: Are there possible personal causes such as privacy? Dignity? (How would any of us feel being told we need to bathe?) Is the bathroom comfortable? Often people get cold or… read more

  • 7/18
    2013
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    When Your Loved One Refuses to Bathe

    Set the stage for success. Have all your products like soap and shampoo lined up and the shower running. Sometimes you can just move them into the shower almost spontaneously. Also check with a local home care provider or medical supply store. There are new products you can use to give a good sponge bath… read more

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