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How to Assist a Client with Personal Hygiene

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Course Created: 2018

Practice Level: Beginner to Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

While oral and body hygiene and skin care is not generally a complicated task, it is nonetheless considered very important to a client’s sense of wellbeing and overall health. Certified nurse assistants must follow facility policy related to standard prevention when supporting clients with their personal hygiene, which contributes to a client’s sense of safety and security. Respecting client dignity and independence, and aiming at continuously improving their level of comfort is essential to good health outcomes when clients are unable to attend to their own basic care needs. It also helps clients to feel assured that their physical needs are being observed and that caregivers will appropriately respond to them.

Course Format

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Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Standard Prevention
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Personal Hygiene and Skin Care
  • Bathing the Client
  • Perineal Care
  • Elimination Needs And Skin Care

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the rules and procedures to follow when caring for a client’s activities of daily living.
  • Describe how to help clients with mouth care, personal hygiene and skin care, and elimination needs.
  • Describe the unique skin changes that occur for elderly and immobile clients.
  • Describe how to perform a bed bath while maintaining client privacy and dignity and comfort.


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