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 way? Are they fearful?
  • Sometimes people become frightened of overhead showers when they have dementia. If that could be the issue, look into installing a hand-held shower.
  • Use an incentive—like something they love to do—that may encourage them to shower. For example, “Dad, we need to get you shaved and showered so we can go out for an ice cream cone.”