I cannot get my client to bathe and the doctor says there is nothing she can do. What do I do?

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She has not had a bath or washed her hair in months. She even had a stay in the hospital and they did nothing about it. She refuses to let anyone bathe her. I have tried everything. She just won't budge.

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Here's another good source, one of the articles written by staff. The reasons why a person won't bathe are insightful, and need to be considered in developing a solution. As noted, compromise is also essential.

https://www.agingcare.com/articles/elderly-parents-who-wont-shower-or-change-clothes-133877.htm

Good luck.
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And I hope you're documenting your attempts, whether you're a private or agency hired caregiver. You never know when there might be unexpected results from her refusal to bathe.
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Tess, there are a lot of questions on this same issue. Others have suggested making this a sensory, pleasant, relaxing experience.

Here are some hits for other posts on this and similar issues:

https://www.agingcare.com/search.aspx?searchterm=MaggieMarshall%2c+bathing, Start with the second post; Maggie Marshall had some great ideas for making bathing a ritually pleasant experience.

https://www.agingcare.com/search.aspx?searchterm=showers%2c

https://www.agingcare.com/search.aspx?searchterm=bathing+problems

https://www.agingcare.com/search.aspx?searchterm=client+won%27t+bathe

https://www.agingcare.com/search.aspx?searchterm=getting+someone+to+bathe.

Some of these may contain the same post.
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You and the doctor cannot force someone to bathe. If it is self neglect, you are a mandated reporter and need to report it to APS.
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See will not let anyone get near her to bathe her. She says " I don't go anywhere that would cause me to get dirty". She has even stopped washing her hands after toileting. She is very much "with it" and even used to be a nurse in her younger days.
Sweet lady but very determined.
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We tried the no-rinse shampoo cap and mom loved them.
Warm it first and let her massage it herself. Same with the body-- use baby wipes, warmed, and encourage her to do it herself. You do the areas she can't reach, like the back and lower legs.
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