Many people like a back rub whether they get a bed bath or not. If the person agrees, you can give them a back rub while they lie on their stomach or on their side just as in the diagram earlier. Use a good skin lotion or experiment with natural oils such as rose or almond oil. Check with the visiting home nurse or family doctor for suggestions.

If the person cannot turn in bed themselves, they need to be turned every two hours or so. Otherwise there is too much pressure on just one part of their skin and they may get painful bedsores. Use pillows to provide the back support they need when they are on their side. Earlier in the book there are illustrations that show proper back support in different lying positions.

Other Areas Needing Care

Most people can brush their own teeth (or soak them), clean their mouths, ears and nose. Some people may need a little bit of help; let them tell you how you can best help. They may need extra help especially with their fingernails. For example, you might brighten up a woman’s day by helping them use their favourite nail polish.

Feet and toenails may require a good footbath (with the person sitting in a chair or lying in bed with the basin on the mattress). It is important to clean and dry between the toes as well as the rest of the foot. They may need a cream to help prevent skin dryness. This is a good time to check their toenails. They should be trimmed in the same shape as their toes without sharp edges to prevent damage to other toes and ingrown nails.

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This article is intended for informational purposes only. If you have any questions or are considering any recommendations, please consult your health practitioner.