The dementia has neither gotten better nor worse. She hardly talks. She loves to watch TV all the time. Hygiene is a huge problem. The only thing she does in the morning is brush her teeth. She does not wash her hands after using the toilet. When asked to do any of these things she gets very angry and refuses to do it.
The biggest problem is giving her a bath. I give her a bath once a week because she creates such a scene. The moment I tell her it is time for her to take a bath she first refuses and when I persist and tell her she hasn't had one for a week, she starts screaming and wishing that she could die, that I am torturing her etc. etc. I am worried about the neighbors because she screams very loudly and starts crying and beating her chest. I quietly move away and let her relax. I come back after 30 minutes or so to make another attempt to convince her to take a bath. This goes on for almost two to three hours before I can convince her. What can I do differently to make this easy. I dread Saturdays and the whole process frustrates me very much. Please help.