Misinterprets help with hygiene
When it happens
Moderate-stage to severe-stage dementia
Why it happens
Difficulty making sense of reality. Or the person may be caught by surprise and is unable to shift from the stress of this to a calm reaction.
What you can do
Use a gentle touch to the back, knee, or other area to signal your arrival; speaking suddenly, especially if you're out of sight, can be alarming.
Make your intentions clear before beginning to help the person. Say clearly what you're about to do.