Favorite things to do for Residents:
(Boy you can tell I spent some time teaching the CNA's this stuff, can't ya?
I love doing pt. care when I have the time to do it RIGHT.)
I like to spend a few minutes just chatting; I learn a lot about the pt. that way, and oftentimes, I get a history that's really helpful to the pt's care plan.
I also like to lotion dry feet/legs. If the person has obviously not done this care in awhile, I'll put a large gob of lotion to the feet and wrap them in a towel for a few minutes (while we gab
And it only takes a few minutes to wash someone's hair when they're bedbound. Just take a pad, a plastic bag, and a couple of bedblankets, put them all under the pt's head, and use a cup to pour the water and wash, rinse, and comb.
Lots of times, I'll do the hair first, then finish the bed bath, and get 'em lookin' spiffy. If their skin is reallly dry, I use a lot of lotion. For really smelly underarms, swab some alcohol wipes and then let some shave cream sit on there a few minutes, then wash as usual....long's the skin isn't broken. this works pretty well.