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Cheri, I must apologize I didn't mean to mislead you in the fact that my mother was forced to shower by the agency. There were several times when she absolutely refused and ended up with just a sponge bath. But hey, that worked too. Also, my mother wears 2 hearing aids. So when she gets in the bath and shower, they must come out as dampness and moisture will destroy a hearing aid very quickly. She would yell through the entire process number one because she was afraid of the water and number two because she couldn't hear and people with hearing problems talk louder, regardless if it were me or someone else. We were fortunate enough to have one lady from a local agency that was able to come in week after week and get her in the shower with little or no difficulty. When she had the day off or was on vacation was when we had difficulty, the substitute so to speak.
Now that you are aware of your fathers fears of falling and have addressed them, maybe he will be more cooperative if someone is just standing by in the bathroom. A shower chair is a good start, how about grab bars in the shower? In any case, I do wish you luck! Please continue to post any further problems or concerns as someone will always be able to offer some type of advice.
Mardell

[This message has been edited by Mardell (edited 04-27-2005).]

[This message has been edited by Mardell (edited 04-27-2005).]
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