Preventing Agitated Behaviors During Bath Time: To move the bathing experience out of the realm of task and into the arena of therapeutic intervention, nursing involvement is necessary.


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Abstract

Bathing people with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia is frequently associated with agitated and resistive behaviors. Bathing involves multiple competing stressors, and persons with dementia have a decreased threshold for tolerating stress from the environment. This article provides practical suggestions for decreasing environmental stressors and agitation during the bathing activity. Communicating respect and supporting the dignity of the person are emphasized.

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