For seniors in the middle to late stages of dementia, what was once a pleasant routine for bathing and self-care can turn into a frustrating chore or, at its worst, uncomfortable, embarrassing torment. As dementia progresses and the ability to complete daily tasks diminishes, something as simple as bathing can become extremely difficult and unpleasant. If the loved one you’re caring for becomes resistant to bathing, you’ll need a plan to tackle bath time challenges in a way that’s safe for both of you.
Bathing can be one of the hardest tasks for dementia caregivers,” says Rob Low, Community Relations Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida. “It often makes love ones feel embarrassed and vulnerable, angry and stubborn. And caregivers may feel equally as embarrassed if they’re caring for a parent or sibling. For bathing routines to be effective