Chapter 1: Personal hygiene

Help with bathing

It was a bit of a delicate situation, but we found a system that allowed me to help but left her dignity intact. She wore her under clothes while I helped her get seated in the shower and got her water right.

Most people find bathing or showering refreshing. However, tub baths and even showers may become more difficult as the person’s illness progresses. It’s important that help with bathing is discussed with the person in order to establish their comfort level with you doing this for them. They may prefer a professional, and this preference should be respected. Click on the headings below here for more information.

After a bath, the person’s skin may be dry. Skin care lotion can be very soothing on the skin, so you may want to consider applying some after the person’s bath.

  • Avoid lotions that are alcohol-based, as they tend to dry the skin.
  • Avoid heavily scented lotions and creams. They can be irritating to the skin and make some people nauseated.
  • After the bath, you may want to offer a manicure or pedicure. Having cared-for nails sometimes makes a person feel more comfortable.

A full bath is not necessary every day, but washing the face, underarms, hands, genital area, and back daily can help the person to feel fresh.

Watch the video for a demonstration and tips on giving a bed bath.