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How should I help a person with Alzheimer's disease bathe themselves?

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  • Use a hand-held showerhead, rubber bath mat, grab bars, and a shower stool to prevent falls. If he has trouble getting in and out of the tub, try sponge baths.
  • To help relax them, play calming music and tell him what you are doing each step of the way.
  • Give them as much privacy as you can. Put a towel over their shoulders and lap. Clean under the towel with a washcloth or sponge.
  • If they tend to get anxious and hitting is a problem, give them a washcloth to hold.

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Food, Eating and Alzheimer's," “Activities at Home."

Cleveland Clinic: "Exercise and Alzheimer's Disease."

Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation: "Mental Stimulation Slows Alzheimer's Progression."

National Institute on Aging: "Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Food, Eating and Alzheimer's," “Activities at Home."

Cleveland Clinic: "Exercise and Alzheimer's Disease."

Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation: "Mental Stimulation Slows Alzheimer's Progression."

National Institute on Aging: "Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 14, 2018

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