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