My father has dementia and my mother cares for him. In addition to the dementia he also has severe CHF and tires easily. Trying to bathe him sitting in a shower chair has turned into a big chore for her because he gets weak quickly and complains about the cold. The last time I tried to help give him a shower his blood pressure dropped and he passed out. I was wondering if anyone knows if the disposable washcloths that you can get from Amazon or a suitable replacement for showers?
I had a homecare client who used to pass out in the shower or right when I would return her to the wheelchair. Her doctor told me not to give her showers anymore and just to do a soap and warm water bed bath which I did daily.
The disposable wash cloths were good for washing her up after meals and before putting her to bed for the night.
Usually it is only 2 visits, but can be a big help.
With those diagnoses, he might qualify for Medicare to rent a hospital bed for his use..makes it much easier to care for him in bed, and then you can just help him stand pivot to wheelchair or favorite armchair....or PT can see a reclining wheelchair would make sense.
They dont have to agree with all the recommendations, but once the evaluation is done, you have a better idea of what is possible.....and what to prioritize.
You need to be observing the evaluation, of course.
Might be more than you are ready to tackle right now...start with disposable and no rinse products and go along as you need to.
You can buy them for body washes and hair washes. DME suppliers would probably have them, but I've found a wide variety of brands at the local grocery store. Walgreen's carries them. I haven't checked other drugs stores but you could search online to find the best price.
I'd stay away from the Dollar stores though unless you find a reputable brand there, and from my experience, that's not always possible.
One brand as an example, or search for "no rinse bath and shampoo""
The ones I use are the medpride disposable washcloths 12x11. They are soft and much gentler on my moms skin - I use them as wipes and for bathing (and why they use them in the ICU). Anytime we have had to go to the hospitals I bring them and the CNAs choose to use moms over the hard hospital facecloths.
Someone else did say you could use normal washcloths so maybe your mom would want to use these disposable for personal areas to toss and regular ones for everywhere else. She could do that as well.
Why use disposable wash cloths? (waste of money and a nightmare for landfills. And PLEASE do not flush even "flushable" wipes)
You can get bundles of microfiber cloths that can be used for giving him a bath in bed or while sitting in a chair. They are soft and you can reuse them Toss in the wash that is probably being done daily and they are ready for the next time.
To make it easy get two colors
Have a wash basin and a rinse basin and use the one cloth soapy the other to rinse off.
There are also no rinse "soap" products that might be easier that way if you do not get all the residue off it should not irritate the skin.
I also used the microfiber cloths to wipe my Husbands hands, face before and after meals.
But to answer the basic question ..yes you can use disposable washcloths.
Wipes can be dipped into warm water and wrung out, to wash the skin. Then use no rinse products on torso, arms - pat dry, put on a sweatshirt or jersey.
Yes, reusable clothes are ideal for cost and environment....but adding more laundry to the caregiver burden is unfair to her.
(they make shampoo too)
Today I gave my mom a "bath" using wipes everywhere and then putting her feet in a basin of soapy water. Then I lotioned her up and put on clean clothes. Hair dresser is hopefully coming tomorrow to wash her hair.
Mom refuses to get in shower and mainly takes a "bird bath" in the sink each day.