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Calming the Fears of Bathing for the Elderly Alzheimer’s Patient

Alzheimer’s Care in Houston, TX – Use these Helpful Strategies for Making Bath Time Less Stressful

Alzheimer's Care in Houston TXHow often does your elderly loved one really need to bathe? You will no doubt ask yourself this question at least once when you find yourself caring for a parent with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Bathing is one of those activities that may become very uncomfortable and confusing for your loved one.

When you have an elderly loved one who struggles against showering or bathing because of memory loss, confusion or fear, keep in mind there is no such disease as lack-of-bath-syndrome. Most experts agree a weekly bath is considered enough for the elderly senior with dementia.

Your loved one may think they just finished showering or they may associate a bad experience they had in the past with bathing, even though it wasn’t connected at all. Perhaps they are afraid of the water or they think they will get hurt.

Here are some strategies you can use to try and help your loved one become more comfortable with bathing.

  • Play some soft favorite music in the next room to calm them
  • Give them a favorite object to go into the tub with them
  • Tell them you are both getting washed and dressed up to go out for a nice meal or favorite activity
  • Make sure the bath water isn’t too hot or too cold
  • The bathroom air temperature should be nice and warm
  • Install grab bars near the tub or shower and show your loved one how to hang onto them
  • For someone with severe dementia, consider sponge baths
  • Use a calm and soothing voice to talk your loved one through the process one step at a time

For help in caring for your loved one, consider hiring Alzheimer’s home care. A trained and loving caregiver can assist your loved one with bathing, dressing and other daily tasks of living.

The caregivers at SYNERGY HomeCare are available to talk with you and your family about all of your elder care needs. SYNERGY HomeCare is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable Alzheimer’s care in Houston, TX and the surrounding areas. Call us for more information at 713-364-0756.

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Mike Willett

Michael Willett is the owner of the Synergy HomeCare Central Houston office, but is also the Regional Director for Synergy HomeCare in South Texas.He currently acts as the owner and co-administrator of his owned & operated Synergy HomeCare franchise, but also develops the Synergy HomeCare franchise throughout Texas.Mr. Willett joined Synergy HomeCare in August of 2006 and has built a very successful franchise over the past seven years.Synergy HomeCare now has seven locations in Houston/Beaumont, Texas region, and plans to expand into several additional Texas markets within the next 12 months.Prior to his entrepreneurial venture into Synergy HomeCare, Mr. Willett was a portfolio manager for a Houston-based Investment Management firm.

Specialties: Mr. Willett is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.After graduating from undergraduate school in 1993, Mr. Willett accepted a position as an analyst within the Valuation Service Group of Price Waterhouse in Chicago, Illinois.Mr. Willett spent three years in financial consulting before transitioning into the world of investment management.