Re: Bathing? Help!
First thing right off the bat I would suggest NOT to bath him on your first visit. I don't care how experienced you are this is not a "right" thing to do.
I have been a Certified Nurse Aid or 14 yrs. I also specialize with Alzheimer patients.
In regards to bathing him if you are "forced" to do it----Talk about taking a bath, don't tell him he "has to" take one. Ask him if he is ready to take a bath. Lead him towards the bathing area. Make sure you have everything you need to do the bathing, drying, and redressing of this person. When you get him to the bathroom point out that everything is ready for him to bath and ask him "Since we are here do you think this would be a good time to take your bath?" Continue with "I understand you enjoy taking a bath/shower". By this time you should be able to tell what his temperment is in regards to bathing. If he insist he is not ready or makes a comment about not wanting to do it with you walk away from the situation and reapproach it later with the same technique.
If he is willing to take the bath then allow him to do anything/everything he is able to do himself. Explain everything you are doing. I mean everything. "I am taking off your right shoe, know I am taking off your left shoe, etc...."
If at anytime he becomes aggressive then back away from the situation to keep yourself and the patient safe.
I wish you luck! If you need any more advise PLEASE FEEL FREE to ask me. Like I said, I have 14 yrs worth of experience with AD patients in all stages.
A question in never stupid if you don't know the answer.