I recently read an article about bath time for the AD patient. There were a couple good hints in the article I would like to share . . . if you have any others, please post.
If your loved one feels like someone is watching . . . cover reflective surfaces such as mirrors and chrome . . . the dimentia patient does not always recognize self in a reflection, but instead views the reflection as a stranger or just extra movement in the room.
If you are giving tub baths, use a colored bath salt in the water (such as blue). Depth perception is often affected and the color helps the patient percieve the depth of the water, eliminating some of the fear.
If you have a hard time giving a bath . . . try top half today and bottom half tomorrow. . . eliminating the need to totally expose the patient.
In His Grip,
UCTD, Hashimoto's, SAD, Diverticulosis, Glucose Intolerance