Those of us in long-term care know that bathing residents can be one of the most difficult aspects of the day. Bathing cognitively-impaired residents is where we typically see the behavioral symptom of resisting care. Unfortunately, these behavioral symptoms can then set a negative tone for the remainder of the day, not only with the resident, but also with the staff. It doesn't have to be that way! Do your newly-hired CNAs have the proper knowledge of why bathing time is so crucial and what interventions can be used to help it be successful? Are your 'been-doing-this-forever' aides due for a refresher? Even for the non-Dementia residents, there are numerous ways that the bathing routine can become more relaxing and less like an unwanted chore. The following article has some interesting tips - "Dementia-friendly Bathing".
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