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A shower helps the person you're caring for feel clean and fresh. It's also a good time to check the skin for sores or rashes.
It's a good idea for the person to have a shower at least once a week, if possible. On other days, he or she may just want a bath at the sink.
The person may need only a little help to take a shower. It's important to let him or her do as much of the bathing as possible. He or she may need help to step over the side of a bathtub or the edge of a shower stall. The person may want to sit on a shower chair or stool to save energy or if he or she has trouble with balance or can't walk. It also helps the person wash his or her legs and feet.
It's important to have handrails and a nonskid mat in the shower or tub. A shower chair or a bench also is a good idea. You can find many styles of these devices. With a shower chair, the person can sit in either the shower or the tub while bathing. A bench sits on the edges of the bathtub. The person can sit on the bench and then swing his or her legs into the tub. The bench can help a person get into the tub as well as be used during the shower.
Gather your materials
To give a shower, you will want:
Get ready for the shower
Helping with the shower
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerGayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse
Current as ofOctober 6, 2017
Current as of:
October 6, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Gayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse
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