Rationale: To prevent splashing of water to the client.
Give a Bedridden Adult a Bed Bath
Edited by Jonathan V. Lomabao, VC, Rob, Dougie-1 and 5 others
Giving a bed-ridden adult a bed bath can be very difficult and messy if not properly done. Bed baths are given to individuals who cannot bathe themselves due to a physical disability or illness. It is given to properly ensure cleanliness, to provide mild passive and active range of motion exercises, and to improve comfort and circulation. Below are the steps to properly give a bedridden adult a bed bath.
Before getting started, it's wise to introduce yourself and offer an explanation of what you'll be doing for the client
Rationale: Promote rapport and you'll decrease your client's nervousness.
Prepare all the necessary equipment and place them within reach
Rationale: Organize tasks.
- Thing's You'll Need:
- Table or cart
- Inflatable Basin
- 2 Basins
- Several washcloths
- Bath towels
- Soap and soap dish
- Body lotion
- Disposable latex gloves
- Laundry bag
- Client's gown
Be sure to wash your hands before beginning
Rationale: To prevent transmission of pathogens to the client.
Again, this step is meant to prevent transmission of pathogens.
Provide privacy to the client
Rationale: To decrease the anxiety and to prevent distractions.
Offer a bedpan or urinal to the client
Rationale: To empty the bladder.
Lower the client's bed to waist level and lower the side rails
Rationale: To ease strain on your back, to maintain proper posture and for easier access to your client.
Remove the gloves, wash your hands thoroughly and put on new clean gloves
Rationale: To prevent transmission of pathogens and to prevent contact with the body fluids of the client.
Position client in supine position (lying face up) near the side of the bed closest to you
Rationale: To easily reach the client.
Un-tuck the sheets; fold the top sheet halfway to the client's waist and lay a towel over them
Rationale: To prevent soiling the bed linens.
Fill the basins with warm water not exceeding 115 °F, one for washing and one for rinsing.
Test the temperature of the water on your inner arm
Rationale: To prevent scalding.
Remove the client's clothes and cover with clean blanket
Rationale: To provide warmth, privacy and easier access to the client.
Put a bath towel on the chest of your client
Rationale: To prevent soiling the client.
Wet the washcloth, squeeze the excess water and form a mitten by wrapping it around your hand tightly
How to bathe an adult in bed?
Bathing an adult in bed is very different from the usual shower in the bathroom. Here, you cannot expect that you will be using flowing water. Instead, you will need to use several washcloths, which you will have to apply per area.
Here are the steps:
Wet a washcloth with warm water
Apply that washcloth all over the body, particularly on the legs, arms, torso, and the like. It is ideal if you begin with the front areas first, and you repeat the same cycle later on when you have turned the patient to his side. The warm washcloth will allow the pores of the patient to open, thereby allowing the dirt to come out.
Apply some soap to the next washcloth and apply it all over the body
You need to do this right after the first application of the washcloth as it is good while the pores are still open.
Wash off the soap by applying another washcloth
Make sure that no traces of soap are left behind. If there are, that may cause irritation later on.
Repeat the above process for the back side.
How to give my mother a nice head bath. She has recently had surgery for a kneecap?
I am writing to you from Mumbai, India. My mother (71 years old) had an accident on 4th of Jan, 2016 and had a surgery the day after on her patella. Her patella bones were fractured. so they had to be tied with K-wires. Now she lies on her bed. She takes sponge bath daily and just goes to the bathroom to wash her head. But if she can't shampoo her head, what kind of serum/ potion can be added to make her hair look shiny and healthy. Also, since she is not taking her daily shower, so she is looking dull and does not want to eat anything.
Rinse her hair with Apple Cider Vinegar at least twice a week. This will help bring the shine back to her hair as well as clean excess oils. If she can't put her head over a basin to catch the water/vinegar, put a mixture of 3 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar per 1 cup of water in a spray bottle and spritz her hair. Start at the scalp and work your way down. Gently massage the scalp to loosen debris and then comb through her hair.
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