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This Week's Carenote - 7/1/14


I'm trying to find a solution to wash my client's hair. She can no longer get out of her wheelchair and so she can't get in the shower. Is there a gadget someone knows of to help out?


Caregivers Reply

Shared by: Kristeen

Ready bath Shampoo caps. Warm in the microwave but feel inside to make certain you didn't get it too hot. Hair washing trays work well if she can lay in a bed.

Shared by: Sandra

There is a product called 'dry shampoo' which is actually a liquid that you rub into the patient's hair and it dries without using a dryer. I can vouch that the 'shower cap' which is pre-filled with a cleansing solution works really well, just lightly towel dry after using it and dispose of the cap. You could check with a pharmacy or medical equipment supply store and also ask any friends who might work in a hospital or with hospice what they use.

Shared by: Jessica
Richmond, VA

When my mom was receiving hospice care, they had a thing that just looked like a shower cap, but it was pre-filled with a cleansing solution. You heated it in the microwave for a few minutes. Then put it on the patient. Massage the head, and the warmth and cleansing felt wonderful. I don't recall the rinsing part, but it must have either been no-rinse or just rub out with a towel. Unfortunately, I do not know the name of it, but perhaps a hospice service in your area could tell you.

Shared by: Carol

Go to a hair supply store and buy a plastic hairwashing board, like the ones haidressers use in nursing homes and assisted livings if they're without a salon on site.

Shared by: Lynne
Reading, PA

I was just in the home healthcare store the other day and saw a couple of products that may help you out:

  • Hair Wash Basin Inflatable Ez Shampoo For Disabled

  • Hair Washing Tray Shoulder Mounted Shampoo Tray

You could also use a spray-on dry shampoo in between wet shampoos. There are several of these sold in most grocery stores and drug stores in the hair care aisle. I used one made by Suave for my husband when he was in the hospital for several weeks. It worked so well that I keep a can of it on hand for freshening my hair between shampoos.

Shared by: Shelly

Just go to if you have internet access. Look up "Hair washing tray". There are several companies that sell a tray to use when a client is in a wheelchair, and can be rolled close to a sink. Hope this helps.

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