The main purpose of bathing is to maintain health and physical well-being of the body. Getting in and out of the tub is the most critical aspect of bathing independently. It is also the most difficult aspect of providing care. Poor balance and fear of falling greatly affects people’s ability to make safe transfers. Physiologically, bathing allows cleansing of the skin and removal of accumulated foreign matter. Bathing displaces dead skin, prevents irritations and rashes that would otherwise transform into infections, and washes away waste materials that can interfere with the normal functioning of the skin. Bathing allows the patient to refresh, revive, and relax through the washing process.
- Drawing water in sink, basin, or tub
- Hauling or Heating water
- Laying out supplies
- Assisting in or out of tub or shower
- Sponge, bed, or tub bathing and drying
- Providing standby assistance for safety