Anxiety about bathing is common with changes in physical or mental ability pre-planning can often help

Try: #rapport and trust are important to the comfort of a Care recipient (cr) make sure the feeling between a cr and caregiver is pleasant for at least a half hour before bath time an agitated caregiver adds to a cr’s anxiety #warm the bathroom and put everything needed for bathing close to hand #use a tub and shower bench if the cr has balance or stamina problems #use a handheld showerhead to control water #modesty concerns may increase agitation try covering the cr with a towel and uncovering only what is necessary to wash one area at a time #start bathing the cr from the head and work down assisting from the cr’s front where you can be seen and not startle the cr #use plastic soap and shampoo containers glass and metal ones are unsafe #grab bars may add to safety getting in and out of the tub and balancing to dry off #do not rush the cr through bathing

Materials: Tub and shower bench handheld shower head grab bars washcloth and plenty of towels plastic soap and shampoo containers

Categories: Emotional Psychological, Personal, Needs Much Assistance, Immobile, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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