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, the person may have no memory of previously being helped with personal care. As a result they may feel anxious, embarrassed, and vulnerable.

Think about how frightening it would be to have water pouring down on your head when you can’t figure out the reason. Confusion and lack of understanding are bound to lead to fear.