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chupalump

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Wed May 08, 2013 12:05 pm

Be gentle with me as I am very new to aged care. I observed  showering of a lady a few days ago but i was called away half way through. She is a larger lady who uses a standing hoist and does not weight bear. She was being showered on a commode chair. My question is how is the genital and perennial are cleaned, is this done in the shower from underneath or is she cleaned out of the shower in the hoist. Sorry for the probably basic question but i cant stop thinking about it.

lainey

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May 09, 2013, 09:20 pm

I just did my prac in aged care.  It is done in the shower from underneath.  

Caghs

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May 11, 2013, 05:00 am

Regardless of what the course may teach, it actually varies; the most common method is to reach up from underneath the shower chair in a non-weight-bearing resident/patient. However, depending on the kind of sling used, it may be done in the sling to ensure a more thorough clean, since you can see what you're doing.

Since you mention a standing hoist, I'm inclined to think they'd get her into a standing position and then clean her whilst standing. However, it would be a good idea to clarify this with the person training you, since each organisation has its own methods and policies.

For what it's worth, this falls into the category of "sensible questions". It's far better to ask if you're unsure, rather than trying to guess and getting it wrong.

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