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Bathing

Bathing is something many of us do every day, but it can present challenges when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. Licensed Master Social Worker Cheryl Blanchard on how to make bath time more pleasant for everyone.

Tips on Bathing
Decide how often your loved one needs a full bath/shower
Make sure the bathroom is warm
Have all supplies ready in advance
Play soothing music
Respect your loved one’s preferences for shower or bath
Figure out what time of day is best
If it gets difficult, stop and try again later
Make bathing a step in getting to another event like church or dinner
Don’t ask if they want to bathe, cheerfully say “ It’s time for your bath.”
Use a shower seat and hand held shower head
Use terry cloth cover ups for modesty
Allow loved one to bathe their private areas
Wash hair last

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