Our mom has Dementia that has progressed very rapidly. She also has fallen on numerous ocassions, that have resulted in broken bones,sprains,cuts and excessive bruising. This was diagnosed 41/2 years ago. Mom was a hard worker she held a job all the while we were growing up and after as well. Mom was a nurse and worked in the ER as asurgical nurse and in later years she worked in NH's. Now she dosen't remember what she used to do let alone where she is or who we are. But we know that this is the nature of this hainis illness! We are at present having no luck getting her to bathe and clean herself properly even though have hired someone to come into the care facility( where she is at present) to do just hat 3 times a week? Her son (my husband) has tried as well as me to clean her up too! We have tried all and I mean all options except tying her down??? We are ut of ideas on how to proceed on this matter! If mom continues to fight us her health will suffer. Yes we have told her what she used to say to us and to her patients"cleanliness is next to Godliness"! One of many redirections we have used. Mom always says "I took my shower last night", we know she hasen't and we know it's the illness talking not mom........ but we have to keep her clean too? I have told her son he needs to take her to see her Dr., they can maybe give her something where she isn't so combative when bath time comes around?! Because she has dementia dosen't mean she can get away with hurting people who are there to help her! When she is in this state ,after we have told her it's bath time, She has amazing streghth!!!! And WILL NOT BUDGE from her chair or bed at that point. I don't know how it's done in NHs but I will find out and we 'll go see her Dr. too. If there are other ways we would sure like to hear about them.