Assisting a Client to Shower
WARNING: This simulation contains nudity.
Assisting with personal hygiene provides an ideal opportunity for nurses to observe and assess clients for any abnormalities or changes in health status. It also provides a time to talk informally together, enabling nurses to gain insight into the psychological and spiritual wellbeing of their clients.
Prior to assisting a client with showering, consider the client’s:
- preferences and/or care plan for shower time and individual needs
- level of independence and capabilities
- need for assistance to transfer from bed to shower cubicle
- ability to communicate.
Nurses must, on every occasion, seek the consent of the client prior to commencing any personal hygiene procedure.