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« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2007 08:12:29 PM »

this is so good.  way to sticking to it and coming up with a way to find something for your dad.  i hope it all works out well.

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« Reply #21 on: January 07, 2007 02:18:40 PM »

A short update - so far, we've had no success.  I thought my father was going to use the soap-on-a-rope but he was actually just pleased to receive a gift (but he received plenty of gifts at Christmas and complained the whole time, lol).

I'll blame it all on his dementia.  Mum is going to keep suggesting that he try either the soap pouch or rope and one day it might "click".

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« Reply #22 on: January 07, 2007 02:28:22 PM »

Mum is going to keep suggesting that he try either the soap pouch or rope and one day it might "click".

Always good to keep it within reach.  It might just be the more convenient option one day.

I've got another suggestion:  Put soap by the sink in a similar pouch.  If you can get him to use it at the sink first (you and your mother could use it there yourselves, to model the usage), then he might generalize use to the shower (if he knows what to do with it, then he might actually do something with it!).  Baby steps toward the goal.

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« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2007 12:17:06 AM »

Bigmouth may be on to something - My uncle-in-law has dementia, and he gets this way. He also does stuff just to make my mother-in-law's life miserable, but that may be because he's her brother.

Your dad may just be having a mental block with the soap in a cozy- he may not be seeing the soap and therefore it's not soap. Could be that he knows he's slipping gears and is ticked off by it. If he's my dad's generation (78+) then the latter is a very good possibility. I know dad got difficult when the cancer robbed him of his ability to be active.

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