1- Don’t make your visits routine. Visit at various times of the day. Got an early start prior to work, can’t sleep or on the run--- pop in and visit even if it’s a short stay.
2- Wears Glasses? Are they on, accessible for reach and clean?
3- Wears Dentures? Are they in their mouth, removed at night for deep cleaning, gums/tongue cleansed? Own teeth, brushed? Properly Fitted?
4- Nails cleaned and trimmed? Or is there food and dirt embedded?
5- Fluids within reach, fresh, adaptable for drinking with straws and large handles?
6- Clean Shaven or 7 day shadow, including nose and ear hairs?
7- Call Cord within reach? Remember, that is their life line/means of communication.
8 - Adaptive Equipment in reach? Such as wheelchair, walker, cane, reachers? Remember, these are their legs and arms.
9- Diapers “Protective Garments”- Have then been changed or soiled?
10- Skin free from bruises, breakdown, irritation, wounds (old or new), dry (lotion applied), skin tears, rashes or finger indentations?
11- Sheets/Blankets clean? Remove blankets and turn pillows over!
12- Hair clean/brushed or matted in the back from lying in one position?
13- Confined to their bed? Are they turned, in proper alignment, supported with blankets/pillows?
14 - Clothing changed and clean? Or are they in the same outfit?
15- Odors?? Dirty clothing/undergarments, lack of showers, mouth hygiene?
16- Feet odors, washed and dried, free from fungus, cracks, untrimmed, foot drop from lack of support?
17- Under breasts, especially those well endowed, free from rash, yeast infection and odor?
18- Wheelchairs clean or is there dirt and food embedded? Are the foot rests/pegs in place or in the closet?
19- Personal Items in reach, such as phone, tissues, glasses and water?
20- Meals served warm or ice cold, cut up/prepared properly for eating or left at bedside?