To give a bed bath, you will need:
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.
Bathing once or twice a week is acceptable for older adults, as the purpose is to prevent the skin from breaking down and lower the risk of skin infections. Seniors also tend to be less active than younger adults, so they can get away with fewer baths. However, you don’t want your loved one to develop body odor.
Or you can gently wash the person if he or she can’t do it.
Here’s the step-by-step process to follow if you’re taking a bath:
The person can start with the face, then wash his or her arms, torso, and back (which you can help with, because it’s hard to reach), and then the legs and feet. He or she can finish by cleaning the groin and anal areas. If you help bathe the person, check the skin as you go for signs of rashes or sores.
Sponge bathing is most often used (you can use a sponge or a washcloth). Fill two basins, one with warm soapy water for washing and one with plain warm water for rinsing. Use a new washcloth for different areas. Remove clothes, wash and dry the area, and re-dress in sections to prevent your parent from getting cold.
Start by washing the shoulder, upper body, arm, and hand. Move to the hip, legs, and feet. Rinse each area free from soap and pat dry before moving to the next. Check for redness and sores during the bed bath.
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.
With the aging process comes a weakening of the senses, especially one’s sense of smell. Many seniors begin showering and changing less frequently because it is harder for them to notice the tell-tale scent of body odor or see stains on their clothing that indicate it’s time for a wash-up and a load of laundry.
Here’s a list of some reasons the elderly may have for not bathing: They may experience pain while standing, bending or sitting. They may have a fear of water and/or its sound —this is especially true for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. They may fear falling on hard bathroom due to poor balance.
Large bowl of warm water. Soap (regular or non-rinse soap)