3 simple details for a more relaxed bathing experience
Everyone in care acknowledges that the benefits of a good hygiene routine go far beyond cleanliness. When all goes smoothly, residents feel relaxed and comfortable. But sometimes bathing can be the cause of friction, and the difference between a stressful bathing experience and one that is calm and comfortable can hinge on a few simple things. So, what are these ‘three simple details’?
The power of immersion
Having to rely on physical support from someone else during a highly personal experience such as bathing can cause discomfort and anxiety. And, if it is accompanied by exposure, it can also be embarrassing and undignified. However, a recent randomised controlled trial (RCT) comparing the effects on health of showering and immersion bathing found that immersion bathing led to significantly better general health – including mental health. 1
Robes and cushions: The magic is in the details
It’s the smaller details that can make all the difference for residents and patients during their daily hygiene routine. This is the evidence-based insight behind the Hygiene Comfort Collection by Arjo.
So while the person in your care lies in the bath, a simple cushion tucked behind their neck can help to relieve joint pain. You can eliminate the embarrassment of exposure before, during and after each bath with either a water-proof wet robe or an absorbent dry robe, which your resident can be in control of during the whole process without disrupting the hygiene routine.
Elevate the experience
With the Hygiene Comfort Collection, you can give the people in your care a comfortable and dignified bathing experience that is free from embarrassment and stress with just three simple things: a cushion, a wet robe and a dry robe.
Find out more about the Hygiene Comfort Collection by Arjo here
You can also download the Clinical Focus Document here
1: Goto, Y., Hayasaka, S., Kurihara, S. and Nakamura, Y., 2018. Physical and Mental Effects of Bathing: A Randomized Intervention Study. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2018, pp.1-5