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How Do You Talk Him Into Bathing?

How Do You Talk Him Into Bathing?

He used to be a very clean, meticulous person...Now, he will not bathe or wash..No matter how hard I try he resists..Won't even soak in the tub, as I run water and put body wash in it, in case he enjoys a good soak..He locks the bathroom door and will not let me in..Does not even change his skivvies..And when I tell him he smells like a homeless man, he smiles...

A myALZteam Member said:

I lay out my husbands clothes every night and when he wakes up I lug them into the shower and start the water (on days he’ll shower) . We do the 1 piece at a time and I help him throw the dirty stuff in the hamper. I find if I heat the shower room and run warm water it puts him more in the mood. Once he gets in the shower I can give him some independence, just peeking in occasionally.

posted over 4 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

The only way! We go to bathroom together and I take off my clothes and by the time I am finished he has his clothes off and I help him in shower. The longer he stays the more he gets washed off. I never rush him.

posted over 4 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Mine the same way but once I do get him in shower he love it I told him we are getting separate beds because I’m amended of his smell and he bathes.

posted over 4 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

They say that ALZ patients cannot see the water and are afraid of the spray of a shower and perhaps the tub (seenas a big hole). Do you have non-slip mat on the bottom? Is it colored? If you use a stool in the tub, put a colored towel on it so he can see it.I have also heard of a few drops of food coloring being used in the water to help the worry. Instead of letting him do everything by himself, have it all ready & tell him you are going to scrub his back(maybe the Dr told you to scrub it). Then you can take away the dirty clothes, and be sure he actually gets in the tub. Oh the challenges!

posted over 4 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

The book “The 36 Hours” has some really good info on this- and much more. It’s like an encyclopedia about dementias , but in very readable form.

posted over 4 years ago
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