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Transcript: "Bathing Tips"

Cynthia D. Steele, RN, MPH
Johns Hopkins University Alzheimer's
Disease Center:

Bathing someone with Alzheimer's disease takes planning. So first, you should make sure the room that you're going to bathe them or shower them in is warm. And you adjust the water temperature for them as they might not be able to do it appropriately and certainly might be at risk for scalding. Next, you should make sure the environment is safe. That is, medicines, razor blades and things are out of the way. You don't have scatter rugs on the floor, you have non-stick, non-skid coverings in the bathtub. And a tub bench also helps. As water splashing in one's face is often upsetting to somebody with Alzheimer's disease, usually getting a showerhead that's attached by a flexible cord will help you to bathe them and cause them to be less frightened. Also make sure you have lots of towels to quickly cover them to preserve their dignity and keep them warm and dry them rapidly.

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