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Expert Review – Bathing Outfit, Waterproof



Bathing Outfit, Waterproof

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MANUFACTURER
Dignity Resource Council, Inc

COST
Women's $50.00
Men's $40 (bottom only)

VENDORS
Dignity Resource Council, Inc

DISCLAIMER
The listing of these products is for informational purposes and individuals must use their own caution and judgment when using these resources. Functional levels and changes in judgment and reasoning are highly variable in people with dementia. Interventions must be individualized and continually assessed because those that are effective for some individuals may only work briefly and may not work at all for others.

DESCRIPTION
This bathing outfit can restore dignity to the bathing experience while reducing agitation. This special waterproof bathing outfit has a wrap-around skirt and a bib-like top with a Velcro closure. The garment remains on during washing, while you, the caregiver, and the person, wash around and under it. Some individuals appreciate a towel wrapped around their shoulders for extra warmth, even with the bathing outfit on, until you wash their shoulders and back. The advantage of the waterproof fabric is that it does not cling, making it easier to wash underneath.

PROS
Can help reduce bathing agitation if being naked is a main reason for resisting bathing.

The person doesn't have to strip naked, as you can wrap the outfit over their clothes and then undress.

As the back is uncovered and the skirt is open underneath, there is still easy access for washing.

CONS
The waterproof outfit is available in only one color!

CAUTION
The person may still get upset while bathing. Be sure to view our 7 Steps to Better Bathing for really practical tips and tools.


Product Selection Criteria

Our goal is to teach you how to be a good consumer and to help you learn about specific products and unique product features that may enhance your safety and the safety and function of the person with dementia. The products shown in This Caring Home serve as examples only. Manufacturers continually change product specifications and the products represented may be different from those now on the market.

We realize this is not an all-inclusive list. Products featured in This Caring Home were chosen for one or more of the following reasons:
  • Affordability
  • Attractiveness
  • Availability
  • Color selection
  • Ease of use
  • Quality
  • Safety
We encourage you to discuss product selection with other caregivers and health care professionals.


How We Tested

"ThisCaringHome.org tested many products that are commonly recommended for best practices to identify the best use of these products and any potential problems in their use by caregivers and individuals with dementia. Each product included in an Expert Review was tested in a home environment, either an apartment or a single family home (or both), by at least two people. Rosemary Bakker, interior designer, gerontologist and dementia specialist, was one of the testers for every product. Whenever possible, we tested the product over time, sometimes days, weeks, or months, for:
  • Ease of use
  • Reliability
  • Potential safety issues
As a result of our testing, we're listing the pros and cons for using these products and including safety precautions for various products. These products were not tested by persons with dementia. We hope in the future to do case studies to learn more about what works and what doesn't work in a larger variety of caregiving situations and home environments."

Products listed on our website but not tested by ThisCaringHome.org are referred to as "Product Listings".



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