Making Showering Easier for your loved one
by Mrs. D
I just wanted to share with all of the caregivers out there dealing with problems getting their loved one into the shower each day. We found that our Mom was really panicking when the water hit her skin and especially her face or that her face got wet at all.
So, a friend suggested we give her a small hand towel to place over her face while we give her a shower and guess what? IT WORKS BEAUTIFULLY!!!
She still sometimes gets nervous but nothing like before where it was all out panic in the shower. I read up on the subject matter and discovered that no studies have ever been performed relating to changes in the brain center that now affect how they perceive the touch of water on their skin.
One story I read agrees with us that something neurological is taking place with Alzheimer's/Dementia patients because this seems to be a common problem associated with their hygiene care.
I hope this helps others faced with the same problem and if your loved one first objects to getting in the shower give it a little bit of time and then say, "We are going to take our shower now, before the hot water is all used up" and that usually works to get the person into the shower.
Just remember to be patient and remember they are a human being and deserve to be treated with the utmost respect and maintain their dignity. EDITORS NOTE:
Great Idea....thank you so much for contributing this to the forum!