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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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

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… Read More

CAREGiver Shows How to Encourage Shower Time

In this video, a Home Instead CAREGiver™ gives an example on how to encourage one to bathe. Read More

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… Read More

3 Quick Tips to Make Bedtime Easier

Keep your loved one engaged, busy and happy during the day. Play some soft music or get some soothing aroma therapy for the bedroom. Sometimes just sitting with your loved one till they fall asleep can calm them and help them fall asleep sooner. Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More