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This Week's Carenote - 07/12/11
I am a professional caregiver and I am having a hard time with the family of the lady I am caring for. The main problem is that the son said that his mother smelled. So I put a shower chair in the shower and use a hand held shower to wash her off. She is completely deaf without her hearing aid, so I cannot tell her what I am going to do before washing a body part. The chair helped and so did the hand held shower device. She refuses to use soap, but I have to use it or she will stink. She screams when I wash her and tries to push my hand away. I have warmed up some towels and used them after the shower because she complains that she is cold; she hates those too. The son took the shower chair out of the shower, so now I will not be able to wash her easily. Next time, I am going to put my bathing suit on and wash her.

Any other ideas?
 
B.

 


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