We've been caring for my MIL for about 4 months now in our home. Previously she'd been at a nursing facility but we chose to bring her home & enjoy some of her time with her more directly. It's been great but she's now slipping into the late stage of Alzheimers and is losing her ability to help us manage her hygiene. She's 270 lbs so rolling her in bed takes 2 people unless I can find some sort of medical equipment that would help us with this work. I have a lift but am uncertain how that might be helpful to us since we're not trying to lift her into a chair but rather roll her in bed for cleaning/bed baths, etc.
Does anyone know of equipment that might work? This is kind of an obesity issue as much as Alzheimers since she's only having this trouble thanks to the alzheimers and the eventual degradation of her muscle memory.
Sounds like you may need to move into the bed bath, or bathing him yourself stage. Try bringing a bucket of water to him, in an area where water mess isn't an issue and try to at least wash him slowly & carefully with a warm cloth. Or wash his face if he's very upset about the change. Small steps, no rushed action, and getting products like Rinse-free shampoo have solved our problem with my Mother-in-law. Hope that helps!View Thread
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