Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of brain diseases or conditions. It is not a single disease, but a collection of symptoms that can come from different diseases or injuries.1,2 All forms of dementia involve physical changes in the brain that affect changes in the thinking process (e.g. memory, thinking, concentration, judgment, problem solving, functioning) and can affect a person’s ability to perform normal daily activities.
This resource provides an overview of the types of dementia and how to support a person to live well with dementia.
Assisting a resident living with dementia to bathe
Most people consider bathing a highly private, personal activity. A person can feel uncomfortable and vulnerable when requiring assistance with bathing. At the same time, bathing can be relaxing and enjoyable. A person living with dementia can feel the same way.
This resource offers some background on dementia and strategies to ensure dignity and modesty are kept in mind while providing bathing and spa support to residents living with dementia.
Assisting a resident living with dementia with dressing, undressing and continence
The way we dress is a part of who we are. It is a very personal activity; one we are used to doing ourselves. Similar, is using the washroom. The bathroom is the ultimate place of privacy, a place where we are been used to closing the door so that no one invades our space. There are many reasons why a person living with dementia may need support with dressing and continence, for example memory loss or physical difficulties.
This resource offers some background on dementia and strategies to respect residents’ routines and preferences and take advantage of dressing and grooming time to build authentic relationships.
Date created: 2020