Assisting individuals with bathing
Maintaining personal hygiene is essential for the preservation of health and the prevention of infection, and removal of body odour.
Individuals, whenever possible, should be encouraged to perform their own personal hygiene so that their independence is promoted.
Bathing may involve assisted washes in or out of bed, bed bathing, showering or immersion in a general bath.
Care must be taken throughout to keep wounds or dressings dry, and such considerations may influence the mode of choice.
The equipment required will vary according to individual client needs but may include soap, face cloth, two towels (one face and one bath), disposable wipes, clinical waste disposable bags, toiletries (for example, deodorant, perfume, aftershave), client’s comb/brush, bowl of hot water (35–40ºC), gloves and apron, lotion thermometer, suitable bath/shower, chair/shower stool, disposable floor mat, appropriate aids if bathing/ shaving, clean nightdress/pyjamas or clothing as required, clean bed linen/linen skip and a trolley/adequate surface.