Washing and bathing

As a person's dementia progresses, they will need more help with everyday activities such as washing and bathing. For most adults, washing is a personal and private activity so it can be hard to adjust to this change.

When you are helping someone with dementia to wash, it is important to be sensitive, tactful and to respect their dignity. This page looks at some of the reasons why washing and bathing can become difficult for people with dementia and offers practical tips for helping a person to wash.