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Help with Overseeeing a Shower
Judith L London, PhD posted:
Hi Everyone,
It is so important for caregivers to get some help early on especially when bathing and showering become a challenge. Whether you shower someone with or without a trained caregiver, here are some tips to make bathing go more smoothly:
  1. Call it 'spa time'.
  2. Have the bathroom set up before you begin.
  3. Play soft music in the background.
  4. Have lemon or lavender scented aromas present to relax.
  5. Have extra soap, washcloths and towels nearby so that the person with Alzheimer's can participate.
  6. Explain each thing you are about to do in a soft reassuring voice before you do it.
  7. Engage the individual in a conversation about something he or she enjoys talking about.
  8. In advance, make sure that the water is hot enough, and that the room is nice and warm.
  9. Have a shower seat handy if standing is problematic.
  10. Make sure there are grab bars in the shower.
You can also wear a bathing suit. Here's to a good spa experience!

Let me know if this helps,
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cjh1203 responded:
Hi Judy. Those sound like really helpful tips for trying to make bathing less stressful for both parties.

I don't know if you saw my post about mirrors a few weeks ago -- it was something I had discovered in my travels online. Mirrors may cause of some agitation in Alzheimer's patients because the patients don't recognize themselves and think a stranger is looking at them while they're naked. I have no idea how often this happens, but it was something I would never have considered.

Thanks for all your helpful information.

Judith L London, PhD replied to cjh1203's response:
Hi Carol,
I did see your post. I was in the midst of replying to you directly when I realized that maybe others would benefit as well. That's when I decided to make my reply into a "TIP".
You inspired me to add on to your useful suggestions.
Many thanks,

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