Showering Support Checklist

Wellness Helpers
Showering Support Checklist

Showering and bathing is a personal experience. It is essential for maintaining a person's health and quality of life. Many people require help with this life task, particularly as they grow older. Supporting a member with showering in a way that is safe and tailored to their needs and preferences preserves their dignity, promotes independence and their use of skills. It can also help them feel relaxed, refreshed and benefit their self-esteem and emotional well-being. The regular routine of showering can also provide one-to-one time for a helper to obsverve the member's physical, cognitive and emotional health and any changes.

Each member will have their own preferred routine for showering. Below is a general checklist to use as a guide for providing a member with showering support.

Communication and Attitude

Effective communication during showering support is a vital part of the experience for a member. It is a time when they are likely to feel exposed and vulnerable. Communication is essential for establishing trust and making the member feel comfortable and safe.

  • Speak in a clear and concise manner
  • Use your interpersonal skills
  • Use an audible and clear voice
  • Consider appropriate language for the Member and adjust as required

1. Preparation

  • Review the Member's Help Plan
  • Attend to Hand hygiene and don gloves, if required
  • Complete preparation for the task including ensuring showering equipment is available & in good working order
  • Describe the task to the Member and seek informed consent
  • Assist the member to choose clothing
  • Prepare appropriate toiletry and linen items
  • Prepare the environment and position self and member appropriately to ensure safety and effectiveness of the task
  • Encourage member to use the toilet prior to showering
  • Assist with removal of medical devices and hearing aids
  • Assist or assess the member undressing

2. Safety

  • Maintain member safety
  • Use correct assistive device e.g. over toilet chair, shower chair
  • Ensure member is not left alone at any time
  • Ensure water temperature is safe

3. Washing

  • Encourage and maintain members independence to wash
  • Assist as required, ensuring that the member's difficult to reach areas such as toes, back and buttocks are clean
  • Check with members their comfort/needs
  • During the task, maintain a safe clinical environment and manage risks appropriately

4. Drying/dressing

  • Check and ensure skin integrity
  • Ensure all body areas are dry, including skin folds and creases
  • Encourage member to dress self and assists as needed
  • Apply creams as appropriate
  • Review the need for nail care
  • Attend to hair care
  • Attend to shave as appropriate
  • Ensure clothing is appropriate to weather
  • Attend to mouth care, prompt member to clean teeth/dentures and flossing
  • Assist the member to put on any medical aids
  • Position member in bed or chair as preferred by member
  • Ensure member is left comfortable with call bell, phone or any other requirements nearby

5. Completion

  • Replace toiletries and attend to dirty linen
  • Leave area clean and tidy
  • Wash hands and remov gloves
  • Dispose of PPE appropriately

6. Documentation

  • Notify the Member, Authorised Representative and Community Manager of any rashes, bruises, skin tears or abnormalities during the task
  • Document all actions undertaken in Lookout app.

Five Good Friends has an online learning module available for Helpers to learn more about assisting member's with showering. Contact your Helper Coordinator on 07 3532 0796 if you would like to be enrolled.