Nursing, Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

Tub baths, Whirlpool baths

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Tub Baths: Tub baths are not recommended as part of most clients' routine because the chance of an injury is much greater than with a shower. The client is also at an increased risk of infection if there are any open wounds or sores that are exposed to bathwater. A bubble bath has been shown to increase the risk and rate of urinary tract infections (UTIs).


Whirlpool baths: Whirlpool baths are an excellent means of improving circulation, and decreasing the risk of bedsores. Most facilities use a whirlpool bath with an automatic lift chair to get the client in safely. In the home environment, this equipment may not be available. If the home client has a whirlpool tub that they can step into, and are steady on their feet, your client may need minimal assistance or even stand-by assistance. If your client cannot step up and over the edge of the tub, you may need back up personnel to help. If your client needs a lift for their tub and it hasn't been mentioned in the care plan, speak to your supervisor about the situation.