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Dementia & Personal Hygiene

2/24/2011


Bathing and showering:


It’s important to insist your loved one bathe on a regular basis. Create a three-times weekly routine (or whatever you see fit), and let your loved one know, “Dad, it’s time for a shower.” If he needs assistance, use a shower or bath bench and wash one body part at a time, while keeping a towel to cover other body parts for privacy. Also consider helping your loved one bathe most of the body, leaving more private areas for him/her to finish with a handled sponge, if s/he is capable.

Changing and daily care routines:


Create daily teeth brushing, hair combing and dressing routines with your loved one. Make it a habit that after breakfast, the two of you commence to the bedroom and bathroom for self care. Help your loved one by mirroring teeth brushing and hair combing, and by setting clothes out on the bed, so they’re easy to access. If your loved one needs help dressing, there are a number of ways to maintain privacy while assisting. Change one piece of clothing at a time to keep as much skin covered as possible, and look down while helping him or her pull on undergarments and pants.

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