Bathing a person with Alzheimer's or other types of dementia can be a highly stressful activity for the caregiver.
It can also be an emotionally demanding experience for the person with Alzheimer's or other types of dementia,
who may be especially stressed by fear of running water, discomfort from cold
drafty rooms, embarrassment at being seen naked, fear of falling especially
when moving in or out of the tub, or confusion due to memory problems. The
person may think he or she has already bathed or may be simply overwhelmed
by the bathing process itself, no longer understanding how or what to do.
But the good news is that stress from bathing can be reduced. In this section, we share seven key steps that should reduce or eliminate the top stressors. Our goal is to help both you and the person for whom you care have a more pleasant bathing experience.