Bathing Clients: Most of us begin our day with a bath or shower because it helps us feel ready to face whatever the day brings. It's invigorating, washing away the cobwebs of sleep and sharpening our mind. This is what makes it even more important to your client. A bath or shower can make the client feel more like accomplishing their daily tasks and activities, elevating their mood, and increasing their quality of life.
Importance of Bathing Clients: Bathing is important for staying clean and healthy, but it also gives the caregiver the opportunity to do full head to toe skin checks. You don't have to be obvious about this, just be very observant.
Skin Condition Changes: Changes in skin condition, even in a small area, must be documented and reported as soon as possible. Some skin anomalies to watch for and report are scratches, cuts, bruises, irregular moles, wound drainage, skin tears, cracks in dry areas, thickening, swelling, and open wounds or skin breakdown that may be from pressure. You will also note and report discolored nail beds, length and condition of fingernails and toenails, and skin that is abnormally warm or cold to the touch.
Reporting the conditions: As an observant PCA, you can head off serious illness and injury for your clients just by reporting these conditions. Know your clients, and become an expert in their skin color and condition.