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Most of the caregivers that I meet with who care for a person with Alzheimer’s are dealing with a difficult behavior, and bathing is an activity which can be a struggle.  This is very common and can be frustrating and overwhelming for the caregiver.  It can also become the determining factor on whether a caregiver can continue to provide care for the person affected by Alzheimer’s Disease.  

Often the caregiver says to the person with Alzheimer’s, “It is time to go take your bath”, and you head into the bathroom to start getting everything ready.  This is the first mistake.  Here are some helpful tips that might make bathing a little easier.

The key thing you should remember is that you need to be flexible and prepared to try new approaches.   Be fun and silly and happy while you try things.  It makes the experience easier on you and less stressful for your loved one.

Western Illinois Home Health Care workers are certified in the Alzheimer’s Whisperer Program through C&V Senior Care Specialists who have provided us with evidence-based techniques to help your loved one. Our staff is trained to accomplish these difficult tasks, reducing your stress while giving you a break from caregiving.  Our nurses are trained to help you overcome your caregiving challenges and provide support through skilled services, allowing your loved one to remain in their home as long as they are safe and able.  If you or someone you know is having difficulty caring for their loved one, please call us at 1-800-228-5993.

Amanda Powell, BSW is a Senior Care Manager for Western Illinois Home Health Care

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Bath Time Struggles With Those Suffering From Alzheimer’s Disease

January 2015

by Amanda Powell