Making Bathing Safer for Aging Adults with Alzheimer’s

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When providing an elderly loved one with Pembroke Pines, FL, Alzheimer’s care, you will likely need to help him or her with various daily tasks that are unsafe to perform independently, including bathing. If your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease, here are some tips to help make the bathing experience safer for him or her. 

Play Background Music 

Playing music may help keep your loved one calm while bathing, reducing the risk of becoming agitated and preventing injuries from slipping and falling. The music can help calm the atmosphere, which leads to better communication, greater relaxation, and less stress. Be sure to play your loved one’s favorite artists and songs. 

Get Rid of Reflections 

A senior with Alzheimer’s may become agitated if there is someone other than his or her Pembroke Pines home caregiver in the bathroom while he or she bathes. Your loved one may see a reflection in the mirror while bathing and assume a stranger is in the room. Cover the mirrors in the bathroom or remove them altogether to prevent your loved one from becoming paranoid. Instead, he or she can relax and take a bath or shower without becoming upset.

Check the Water Conditions 

If the water is too deep or too hot, your loved one may become frightened and try to fight his or her way out of the tub, which may cause him or her to slip and fall. Being frightened can also increase your loved one’s stress levels, putting him or her at higher risk of a stroke or heart attack. Remind your loved one that the water is shallow, and allow him or her to feel the water before getting in the tub. Gently pour the water over your loved one’s hands to reassure him or her that the water is safe. 

Provide Adequate Lighting 

Your loved one may panic if he or she cannot see the tub or shower. With adequate lighting your loved one can recognize where he or she is at and what is in the room. If your loved one becomes anxious and upset, his or her stress levels may increase, and disorientation may set in. Without a well-lit bathroom, your loved one could lose his or her balance, leading to spasms or broken bones. However, with proper lighting available, your loved one may be calmer and put up less of a fight when bathing.

If your loved one needs additional support with bathing and other tasks while managing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our dedicated caregivers are experts in Alzheimer’s care and are available 24/7 to help your loved one remain safe and comfortable while aging in place. To learn more about the high-quality elder care Pembroke Pines families trust and rely on, call one of our experienced Care Managers at (954) 374-8273 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.