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How to Get Your Dad with Alzheimer’s to Take a Bath

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Tips to Help You Care for Your Parent

Seniors with Alzheimer’may not enjoy taking a bath or shower Bath time for kids is a fun affair. Often, there is squealing and splashing as boats and rubber duckies collide together in the warm water. Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease can be very childlike in the later stages of their condition. However, they may not enjoy taking a bath or shower like your son or daughter. Instead, you may find your generally jovial father is now grumpy and frustrated with you. The reasons may include a sense of lost independence and embarrassment with being unclothed in front of you.

Make cleaning and bath time easier for both of you. Some simple yet effective steps create an atmosphere that increases your loved one’s acceptance of this important task. Call in for support from a Personal Support Worker (PSW) from Home Instead Senior Care Waterloo to keep the peace. Our highly-trained homecare team assists you and your family with many different services like personal care, and companionship, so that seniors can age at home with dignity.

6 Tips to Get Dad to Take a Bath

Stop fighting with your dad or mom. Get them to wash up with less struggle when you utilize these steps:

  1. Think Safety First. Install a sturdy shower chair or rails for support in the shower or tub. Consider using a hand-held showerhead to reduce anxiety. Keep a close eye on the water temperature as an older person's skin is thin and can scald easily.
  2. Establish Showers or Baths as a Daily Routine. By establishing regular daily habits, you instill a sense of calm in your loved one. They will know what to expect, which reduces the unknown and lessens their anxiety and your stress levels.
  3. Prepare the Bathroom Beforehand. Grab everything you will need, including washcloths, towels, shampoo, and soap. Turn up the heat so your senior will be warm getting in and out of their bath. You may even want some soothing music playing in the background.
  4. Let Your Loved One Know It’s Time, Gently but Firmly. There is no reason to argue with Dad about the last time he had a shower. His logical reasoning is failing. Instead, use short sentences positively and calmly.
  5. Give Dad Some Control. Encourage your dad or mom to do as much as possible on their own. You may need to mimic actions, but let them do the rest. This helps with feelings of control.
  6. Bring in Outside Help as Necessary. Sometimes you can do everything possible to make bathing more comfortable and enjoyable but still find yourself frustrated. It may be that your senior feels more embarrassment with you than they would with a stranger. That is when a caregiver from Home Instead Waterloo can step in.

Don’t Struggle with Dad’s Bath Time – Get Help from Home Instead Senior Care

Stop struggling with getting Dad to bathe. Seek out support from the Home Instead Senior Care Team. Our professional caregivers understand the needs of the elderly and work with you to establish a plan to meet your needs, including respite for you. Give us a call, and let’s work together to keep your loved one happy and clean.

Call us at (519) 571-1665 to book an in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Breslau, Conestogo, Elmira, St Jacobs, and surrounding areas.


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