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Washing An Elderly Person
This article explains the best way to approach keeping an elderly person clean.
The benefits of personal hygiene
The benefits of good personal hygiene are :
Assisting in a daily routine
The level of intervention required depends on the needs of the elderly person. You might be called on to bathe a bed-bound elderly person or assist a more mobile elderly person with their daily personal hygiene routine.
Importance of professional advice
Whatever the level of intervention required, you need advice from professional carers. A nurse or doctor can give you assistance and training on how to manage personal hygiene routines. In most cases, it is best to help the person with personal hygiene rather than doing everything for them. For example, if a person can still move their arms, they can brush their own teeth and wash their own face - albeit slowly. The advantage of this is that it keeps them from becoming completely dependent on you, relieves your work load as the carer and helps maintain mobility.
Fear of washing
Some elderly people have a fear of water or showers and will fight against attempts to wash or bathe them. The solution here is to look for the root fear. For example, it can be a deep rooted fear of falling, to which the solution is to install handrails. Or it may be an modest issue, in which case do not undress the person fully, just wash one part of the body at a time and keep the person covered or partly dressed.
Bed baths for the elderly
If the person you are caring for is confined to bed, you may need to perform a bed bath. If possible, enlist a partner for this process, or encourage the elderly person to participate in the bath. It's a good idea to gather everything you need in advance and place them close to the bedside. Place towels or plastic sheets around the person and on the floor. If you do not have carpet, newspapers on the floor will absorb runoff and prevent you from slipping.
Tips for bed baths
When washing a person in bed, start on the face and upper body area first, then each side of the body from the arm and down to the leg. Use a thin blanket to cover parts of the body until you are ready to wash them. After they have been washed and dried, you can replace the blanket for modesty. Then carefully turn the elderly person on one side so the back faces towards. you can then wash the shoulders, back and bottom. Finally, wash the private areas, working from front to back with a fresh basin of warm water. Special wipes may be a convenient way to keep these areas clean, but they can be expensive. It's very important to dry each part of the body very carefully to prevent chills. When you have finished washing and drying an area, you can gently rub in lotion to prevent drying and soothe the skin. Always seek professional advice before you give an elderly person a bed bath in case there are any medical consideration that you should take into account.
Bed bath mouth care
Frequency of bathing
An elderly person may not need a full bath every day. However, you will need to wash a person’s face, underarms and private areas on a daily basis.
Dealing with embarrassment
Embarrassment, on the part of the care giver or the elderly person is not unusual. If you are a care giver, remember that you are performing a much needed and important role. Try to be soothing and supportive and maintain dignity throughout the process.
Looking after an elderly person's hair
Washing an elderly person's hair can be difficult if they are confined to a bed or unable to get to a source of running water like a shower or basin. However, it is possible if you use a bed shampoo basin or inflatable basin that you can make or buy from a care aids shop. Here are some tips if you are shampooing an elderly person's hair in bed:
Bathing and taking showers
If the person you are caring for is mobile, you may be able to help them have a bath or shower. Here are some tips:
Dealing with dentures
Removing and cleaning dentures can be a tricky procedure if yo have not done it before. Here is some advice on removing and cleaning denture: