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« on: January 03, 2007 05:37:09 PM »

My father is 89 and quite frail but he insists on showering without assistance.  He has trouble holding a cake of soap so I tried to buy soap-on-a-rope for him at Christmas.  After searching for a week, I found two - $9 and $12!  Not wanting to pay $9 for a cake of soap (I'm cheap, lol), I crocheted this



I originally intended to make more of an open mesh but then decided it could be a combination washer/soap pouch.  Only one problem - he won't use it.  We don't know why - he has dementia.

Has anyone had experience with this type of problem?  Apart from making an open-mesh holder, I'm stumped for ideas.  I'd appreciate any suggestions Smiley



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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2007 05:44:13 PM »

if he has problems holding the soap because it's slippery, what about felted soap?
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2007 05:45:19 PM »

what is felted soap?
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2007 05:47:58 PM »

Wow, that was quick.  I've heard of felted soap but had forgotten it existed.  I'll do a search for it.  Thanks pikabean.
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2007 05:48:07 PM »

i think its a great idea...but i have no advice otherwise!  sorry!
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2007 06:25:32 PM »

Is it that he won't use the soap in the "cozy" (which would make a neat little purse if he won't use it!!) or soap-on-a-rope in general? If he'll use soap-on-a-rope, could you just drill a hole through a bar of soap and thread a rope through it?
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2007 06:28:29 PM »

what is felted soap?

here's a neat little thing on how to felt soap:
http://www.mielkesfarm.com/felt_soap.htm

I've never felted soap myself, but I had one from etsy once, and it was great!  It did get a little mushy towards the end, but I think that's mostly because it was homemade soap, and not commercial- which can also be felted over.
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2007 06:42:04 PM »

Thanks for all the quick replies, ladies.  As far as I can tell, I need wool roving for felting so I'll try to get some tomorrow (could I knit a cozy out of wool and shrink it on to the soap, do you think?).

craftADDchick - I'm going to try your great idea - drilling a hole in the soap never occurred to me, lol.  1.  It's cheap (that sounds like me Grin)  2.  It's almost instant.  3.  If it isn't "acceptable", nothing lost.   
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2007 06:54:38 PM »

Not a craft idea--but does he go for liquid soap?  A wall dispenser would be easy to use.
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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2007 08:07:40 PM »

Not a craft idea--but does he go for liquid soap?  A wall dispenser would be easy to use.
That's exactly what I was going to suggest.  You could even take him to the Wallymart and let him pick it out.  Something manly!  I worked in adult day services and we bathed our guests.  Men were the absolute hardest.  They hated our male aide (so did I), they said he was "fruity" LOL.  But,, I digress.  We used manly "wash" during bathing.
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