Keep your loved one’s hair clean between bath times
When providing care to your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, you may follow a bathing routine that includes bathing them only every other day and giving bed baths in between. This is especially true for those with Alzheimer’s who are afraid of bathing or who have other physical limitations that get in the way.
However, keeping hair at an adequate level of hygiene can be tricky on those days that your loved one does not enter fully into a shower or tub. For this situation, we have several shampooing products for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s. Determine which product will be most helpful to you based on your particular scenario.
Scenario: Loved one can shampoo on their own
Is your loved one able to shampoo their own hair but simply need an easier process that doesn’t require getting into a shower?
We offer several rinse-free shampoo products that can be used very easily. For instance, your loved one can simply slip on a No Rinse Shampoo Cap and massage their scalp. The cap keeps the hands and face dry, while strong and odor-eliminating cleaning occurs underneath the cap. No rinse necessary. Simply dry when done. Microwave the cap before use for a warmer and more soothing experience.
Scenario: Loved one uses a wheelchair
Perhaps your loved one with Alzheimer’s has another condition that heavily confines them to a wheelchair. For this purpose, consider the Shampoo Tray, which will allow you to wash their hair in a sink while they remain in their chair.
The Comfort Cape Shampoo Aid works in a similar manner but is made of flexible material for trickier situations.
Scenario: Loved one is bed-bound
If your loved one is bed-bound, the best solution may be the extremely handy Inflatable EZ Shampoo Aid, an inflatable wash basin that fits under the head like a pillow. A drain tube is connected to the basin and can be used to drain water into any container of your choice below the bed.
These hair washing solutions will help your loved one feel clean and reduce odor and itching even when a full bath is not possible.