Clean the perineal area from front to back, to prevent contamination from the rectal area to the urethra. It is also important to use a separate area of the washcloth for each area or a new washcloth if the one you are using becomes soiled.
How do I clean my perineum?
Tips for wiping
Use a soft washcloth to clean the area from the front to the back. This is especially important when dealing with women as it lessens the chance of infection. It may take more than one washcloth, and be sure to use a new one if soiled.
You can use scented moist towelettes or baby wipes, it’s up to you. Use the wipes to thoroughly wipe down your armpits, privates and feet, as these are the areas most prone to bad odor. Then, use additional wipes to clean the rest of your body. Use separate facial wipes to quickly clean your face.
There can be a number of reasons that older people might ‘give up’ on their personal hygiene. Sometimes older people, especially those with dementia, may fear taking a shower. The person may be afraid of falling, or they may even think their carer is trying to hurt them.
Proper perineal care allows for inspection of the skin. It keeps the perineal area clean and less likely to break down. It also decreases the risk for urinary tract infections.
Make the Bathroom Easier to Use You can help make a bathroom more senior-friendly by installing new lighting, adding non-slip floor mats, installing a raised toilet seat, adding grab bars and handles, and installing an alert button near the toilet.
Begin by washing the top of the body. Start with the shoulders and carefully use body wash to clean the elderly person. Move down each side of the body using body wash and warm water to clean. Rinse their body with warm water using a separate wash cloth and the water you have set aside for rinsing.
Peri-care—also known as perineal care— involves cleaning the private areas of a patient. Because this area is prone to infection, it must be cleaned at least daily, and more if your loved one suffers from incontinence.