Encouraging Alz Grandma To Shower- Need Help Today!
Okay, so this has a lot of background that I can't get into, but I don't see my grandma as often as I'd like. She lives 2 hours away, but my husband and I are going down this weekend.
She has a caregiver and home hospital help, but she is very stubborn with her Alz, and she gets some weird ideas sometimes. Anyhow, she is not bathing as regularly as she should be. Her caregiver, my uncle, has tried to encourage her (forcing is not an option) as have the home health nurses who see her. She is very stubborn and will not do it very often. Perhaps she is afraid of falling? (There are safety rails, but still.) It's a walk-in shower (no tub to step over), and has rails, so it's really very safe.
Anyhow, being her only granddaughter and someone who is not there as often, I thought perhaps I could persuade her to shower. I could sit in the bathroom and chat while she showers, help her on with her robe, etc. My husband would be in the next room in case things got slippery or she needed more help than I could give to walk to her bedroom.
Any ideas as to how to bring up the shower idea? She does get her hair done a couple times a month, so offering to wash her hair isn't really a lucrative deal. She has a tub, too, but I really don't think she'd get in that (too slippery). Does anyone else have this problem with the people they care for?
I know, since I'm not there as often, that maybe I shouldn't even try because there's a possibility it could upset her. At the same time, though, if I could get through to her and get her bathed, things would be a lot better for everyone.
I appreciate any advice.