person holding hand under shower head to check temperature of water

Bathing

Bathing is often one of the most challenging parts of caring for a person with memory loss.

To make things easier on you both:

  • Follow the person’s normal bathing routine.
  • Use a handheld showerhead and consider getting a shower seat for safety.
  • Check the temperature of the water before the person gets in.
  • Play some soft music and call it “spa day” to help relax the person.
  • Allow your loved one to do as much as possible.
  • Cover them with a towel so they do not feel exposed.
  • Give the person a washcloth to hold.
  • If a bath or shower are not safe or the person refuses, consider giving them a sponge bath.

As the disease progresses, you may want to get some equipment to make this process safer and easier. Some things to consider for your home are:

  • Shower chair
  • Tub transfer bench
  • Handheld shower head
  • Raised toilet seat
  • Commode
  • Anti-scald device on faucets

See our Information Tip Sheets and Tip Videos for more information about this topic.

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