Why Do Elderly Adults with Dementia Sometimes Resist Bathing?
If you are a family caregiver for one of the nearly six million people throughout the United States who are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, you know that this condition is far more than compromised memory. Dementia impacts all areas of life, and one of the times when you may notice it significantly, even in earlier stages of the disease, is when it is time for your senior to take a bath.
Not following through with good hygiene is often a very early sign Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and the inability for the senior to maintain a good schedule of hygiene often continues throughout the entirety of the disease. Understanding why your senior might resist bathing as they live with dementia can help you to make changes to your care approach that will help them to fulfill this personal need on a daily basis with less resistance
Some of the reasons why an elderly adult with dementia may sometimes resist bathing include:
- They may not remember why they need to bathe, which can make them feel like you are trying to make them do something strange and embarrassing.
- They may not remember when they last bathed, and think they have bathed more recently, meaning they do not need to do so again.
- They may be afraid of the sound of the water.
- They may be confused about being unclothed and not like the feeling of being vulnerable or embarrassed, particularly if you are helping them bathe.
- They may be afraid of the appearance of the water, thinking it is deeper than it is, and worrying about drowning.
- They may have experienced a fall at some point related to bathing, and fear it might happen again.
Just because your aging parent is getting older doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a high quality of life. Challenges and limitations can keep your senior from being able to pursue the type of lifestyle that they truly desire. Bringing senior care into their regular routine can help your parent to cope with these challenges in ways that keep them safe and healthy while still letting them be them. As a family caregiver, this means you can feel confident your senior is enjoying a high quality of life, living in a safe environment, and pursuing meaning and fulfillment on a daily basis.
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