Ideas to Help People with Dementia Get Into the Shower

Ideas to Help People with Dementia Get Into the Shower

In addition to being one of the owners of CarenetLA, I am also a gerontology certified registered nurse. One of the common issues many people with dementia face is a fear of water. It is not something anyone has been able to explain, but, for some reason, it is something that a great majority of people with dementia face.

Getting an adult person with dementia into the shower can be a challenge  In order to make it easier, make sure the bathroom is warm, the door is closed (privacy is very important), the towel and clean clothes are ready, and the time of day is convenient for the person getting bathed. Body language and tone of voice are very important when suggesting the person get into the shower. Stay positive, offer rewards (an outing or a favorite snack following the shower), and be calm. If the person with dementia refuses to get into the shower, try again at another time.

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About Hadas Abouaf

Hadas began her career in caregiving 15 years ago, as a caregiver herself. While caring for her clients, she enrolled in nursing school and graduated from the nursing program in Santa Monica College. She worked as an RN at Children’s Hospital for nearly 7 years and returned to school for her baccalaureate degree in nursing. While in CSULA she fulfilled the requirements for the gerontology certificate and graduated magna cum laude. Hadas started CarenetLA with her father in 2005, with a vision to care for clients as she would want to be cared for. She spends a considerable amount of time with each client during the evaluation so that the right caregiver match can be made. She and Jeff continue to strive for the best care possible for their clients.

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