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Bathing Techniques for the Weak Upper Extremity Print

HEMIPLEGIC BATHING TECHNIQUES

Purpose:  
To efficiently perform feeding using a one-handed technique

Instructions:
(shoulder with tape = involved side)

1. Use a soap on a rope to hang over the neck to compensate for weak grasp and hand instability and incoordination.  Drill or bore a hole through a regular bar of soap and thread a smooth, non-abrasive rope through the hole.
2. Lather up a separate bathing mitt or a wash cloth and use this to clean/rub the body.  A bathing mitt or cloth is easier to manipulate or stabilitize as neither requires a precise grasp.
3. Make sure that the patient is sitting on a stable surface while washing/bathing.
4. It is best and easier to wash the affected side first.
5. After washing the affected side, place mitt or wash cloth on the patient’s lap.  The patient can then rub the strong arm-hand against the wash cloth for soaping.
   
Target Response:
The patient will bathe independently and safely using assistive device.

Precautions/ Special notes:
Ensure safe bathing by having patient sit on a stable tub bench or shower chair during bathing, particularly when sitting and/or standing balance is questionable.  Initially perform bathing with physical guarding and supervision to eliminate the inherent risk for falls.
 

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