We all enjoy a clean, groomed appearance. For those with dementia, how we feel about ourselves is even more important because it can affect our safety and overall well-being. As the disease progresses, memory loss may make it difficult for your loved one to remember how, or when to bathe and dress, and even harder if they have limited mobility due to arthritis or another issue. If you’re caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, or other forms of dementia in an assisted living community, bathing and grooming needs can be addressed by staff members, who provide direct care services as part of their regular duties within their scope of practice.
Discuss these services with your loved one so you’re familiar with what happens if they need assistance. These services are provided by qualified staff trained in dementia care. The care team is compassionate and kind while helping your loved one bathe, get dressed, or groom themselves. If your loved one has dementia, and is hesitant to let you help with their grooming needs, it’s essential to respect their wishes. If they’re physically able to bathe themselves but prefer your help or a caregiver’s help, then assist them as needed.
The Splendor of Memory Care
As a memory care community resident, you’ll enjoy the splendor of good hygiene. Thanks to our experienced staff members who help you stay clean and confident, you’ll be able to bathe and dress with ease. Whether you’re taking a bath or getting dressed, we’ll ensure that your experiences are pleasant. Our friendly team ensures that grooming sessions are handled carefully and considerately, so you feel relaxed and looked after! We also take time to talk through any questions or problems during these activities, so we can work together as a team toward finding solutions.
Bathing isn’t Just for Hygiene
Bathing can be an important part of the day. It’s a time to talk and interact, enjoy the water, and feel pampered and relaxed. You can bathe in a tub or shower, by yourself, or with help from family members and caregivers. Many people enjoy having a bath at night, when they are ready for sleep, as it makes them more comfortable because their muscles are relaxed from soaking in warm water.
Dressing is an Important Choice
Dressing can be a very complicated process for people with Alzheimer’s, especially when choosing appropriate clothing. Dressing well is important for the safety of your loved one and others who live with them in memory care.
- Clothing should be comfortable and easy to put on.
- Clothing should cover the body and protect against the elements.
- Clothing should be appropriate for the weather.
- Clothes should make them feel good about themselves! Colors like reds or purples might look nice, but they can also come off as loud or confusing, whereas something neutral might work better, depending on where they’re going.
Any person who has Alzheimer’s may need assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, and other daily tasks. As Alzheimer’s progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult for those living with the condition to perform these essential functions on their own, and can often be dangerous for both caregivers and patients. We know it can be overwhelming to find the right senior living community to help, but if anyone can make it easy, it’s us!