Caregiver and Client Toilet Troubles

Stephen Tweed | July 3, 2009 | Newsroom
The ultimate test of the relationship of both caregiver and client are toileting issues. If a client or a caregiver does not feel comfortable with toileting concerns the relationship will fail and your company will lose a valuable client. There are simple steps and precautions to take to help foster the caregiver and client relationship…

The ultimate test of the relationship of both caregiver and client are toileting issues. If a client or a caregiver does not feel comfortable with toileting concerns the relationship will fail and your company will lose a valuable client. There are simple steps and precautions to take to help foster the caregiver and client relationship with hygienic assistance.

  • Leave bathroom doors open when not in use. This is especially important with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. They may not remember which door leads to the bathroom.
  • Provide hallways near the bathroom with good lighting day and night. A patient may miss the bathroom simply because they were not able to see it very well.
  • Take toilet paper off of the wall mount and place it on a small stool that is easily accessible from the toilet seat. A patient may forget to look to the side for the toilet paper. Holding the object in their hands may help them with cognition.
  • Remove all unnecessary clutter from floors, drawers, medicine cabinets, etc. Too much clutter may frustrate or confuse the patient.
  • Provide toilet paper in multiple places such as in drawers, cabinets, closets, etc. in the bathroom. Some patients may feel the need to search for these items, so including a roll of toilet paper in multiple areas will ensure success.
  • Use quality toileting undergarments that are comfortable for the client and easily accessible incase of an emergency.
  • Include a folding privacy screen to set up when the client is using the bathroom or step outside the door to provide privacy at a safe distance.
Stephen Tweed
Stephen Tweed, CSP, began his journey as a business strategist in home health care in 1982. Today, Stephen is among the top thought leaders in Home Care strategy and management. He has worked with top 5% companies from across the US. He is a sought after speaker at from national and state association events.

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