Washing and personal care

Deep bath water: Some people can be worried by deep water. If this is the case, ensure the bath water is shallow, or set up a bath seat for the person you care for to use. For more information on how to request equipment to help with bathing. Find out more about assistive technology

Showers: Some people find the rush of water from an overhead shower frightening or disorientating. A handheld shower may work better for some. Self-Consciousness: The person you care for may find it embarrassing to be undressed in the presence of other people. One way to overcome this is to only uncover the part of the body that you are washing at the time, leaving the rest covered. Isolation: Some people may become anxious if they are left on their own and may want you to stay with them while they are washing. 

Incontinence may be a sensitive issue for both of you, but it can happen frequently as dementia develops. If the person you care for has an accident, reassure them and adopt an approach that fits with the nature of your relationship. Specialist pads to help manage incontinence are available through the NHS Continence Service

Published: 2nd September 2016