I have noticed for myself that taking a shower is like going to the gym for a work out. It can be very exhausting for many seniors. Especially if one has memory issues, and/or mobility issues, etc.

Another thing, some seniors become claustrophobic when in a shower. Especially if there are glass doors. I know for myself, I need to keep the far door open a couple of feet. Sitting in the tub works but it is a major chore getting in to sit down, and more so trying to get up :P

Then there is the fear of falling. If your love one is using a moisturizing liquid soap and/or hair conditioners, it will make the floor of the tub/shower feel like an ice rink, even with a tub mat inside. I almost slipped the other day.

Towel drying isn't easy. I find myself hopping around trying to get one foot and leg dry, can be a challenge. So easy to get one's feet tangled up in the towel.

A parent doesn't need to shower daily, twice a week or once a week is good enough, unless they are doing hard labor. If a parent is a Depends wearer, baby wipes work quite well between showers. Recently I found a product called “Water Wipes” in the baby section, quite pleased with the wipes.
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Reply to freqflyer

Use no rinse products:  no rinse shampoo and no rinse soap.   They're a lot safer than having someone get into a shower, even if that person is wheeled in.

Make it a happy event by treating the person afterward, with an activity that's not challenging but is rewarding, something the person can do despite dementia.

This question has been raised often, so you can find some helpful answers by checking these other posts:
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Reply to GardenArtist

Go to YouTube and search "Teepa Snow" videos. She shows how to get a dementia patient to shower. She also has over 100 other videos addressing many caregiver issues.
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