Healthy Living

Tips for Properly Bathing, Dressing and Grooming Alzheimer's Patients

Things to do after giving a bath or shower

  • Patting the patient’s skin with a towel can help prevent skin irritations and infections. The patient should be completely dry, so the caregiver must wipe excess water between the folds of the skin.
  • Protective ointment like petroleum jelly must be applied around the vagina, penis, or rectum if the patient has incontinence.
  • A sponge bath is advisable for patients who have difficulty using a bathtub.