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I walked into one of our “Spa Rooms” to wash my hands. It’s one of three rooms where we help our residents take baths or showers. 

I paused and looked around.

No wonder no residents want to bathe in here, I thought. It looks like a hospital bathroom!

Think about your bathroom at home. You’ve probably designed it just the way you want it: warm colors, fresh soaps and candles, and a shower curtain you picked out to match the rest of the decor.

Now imagine that you just moved into a community where another person (or two) has to help you bathe. You’re taken into an unfamiliar room, it’s cold, it looks like a facility, and someone helps you take off all of your clothes. You would be uncomfortable and upset—or maybe even angry.

I picked up a copy of Bathing Without a Battle to get some new ideas about how to renovate our bathrooms. 

Here’s what we added, and it completely changed the look and feel of the room:

  • CD player and CDs for residents
  • A corner table
  • Pictures on the walls
  • Flower arrangements
  • A basket
  • A shower curtain

Change up your community’s bathroom, or even the bathroom your loved one uses at home, and see the difference it can make. 

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Rachael Wonderlin has a Master’s in Gerontology and is the author of two published books with Johns Hopkins University Press. She owns Dementia By Day, a dementia care consulting company.

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