MCN - health teaching - How to Wash a Bed-Ridden Patient

Bed-ridden patients need to be bathed on a regular basis because their skin continues to produce oils and sweat, even though they are inactive. Keep your patient clean and comfortable by washing one part at a time and covering the rest of his body with a warm blanket or towel. Here are a few tips to help you give a good sponge-bath.


Things You’ll Need:

  • Basin of warm water Clean washcloths Extra bedding Warm blankets Warm towels Microfiber or terry cloth towel for hair Soap Shampoo
  1. Step 1

    Remove the patient’s clothing, one limb at a time, and cover any exposed skin with a blanket or towel.

  2. Step 2

    Starting with the fingers and working your way to the armpit, wash and rinse one arm, dry it with a warm towel, and cover it with a blanket. Repeat this process with the other arm.

  3. Step 3

    Remove bedclothes down to the patient’s waist. Wash and dry the chest and abdomen. Cover the patient with a warm towel or blanket as soon as his chest is clean.

  4. Step 4

    Wash each leg separately, starting with the toes and working up to the hip. Cover the leg with a warm blanket or towel as soon as it is dry.

  5. Step 5

    Turn the patient on her side and wash her back with a warm, soapy washcloth. Be careful not to roll her too far forward. Rinse her back with a clean cloth, dry, and cover her with a blanket.

  6. Step 6

    Wash the patient’s face in clean, warm water, using a bowl by the bed. Rinse and dry.

  7. Step 7

    Place the bowl under the patient’s head and use a cup of warm water to rinse his hair as you wash. Dry hair as completely as possible with a microfiber or terry cloth towel. Place a warm, dry towel underneath his head to keep the pillow dry.


MCN - health teaching - How to Position a Bedridden Patient

Imagine you are comatose or injured and have to lie in bed 24 hours a day with no way to move your body. This will help you see the importance of having someone around to reposition a bedridden person. A comatose patient is one who won’t complain and is usually the first to be ignored or neglected as far as repositioning. It’s just easier to leave someone on their back and not bother with them, and this is when breakdown of tissues begins quickly. If you reposition a bedridden patient every 2 hours, you raise their heart rate and relieve pressure on the underlying body parts, stimulating them and providing their body with the healthiest possible resting environment.


  1. Step 1

    Lay the bed as flat as the patient can tolerate while still breathing comfortably.

  2. Step 2

    If patient is on a draw sheet, pull the sheet toward you, bringing the patient as close to the side as possible. Pull the sheet over them to gently roll the patient onto their side. Without a draw sheet, you can use your hands to reach over the patient and encourage the body to roll towards you.

  3. Step 3

    Once patient is on her side, pull both knees forward a bit, with the top knee higher than the bottom. Put a pillow between the knees, calves and under the top foot, to keep the pressure off the bottom leg, and for maximum comfort. This is called an abductor pillow.

  4. Step 4

    Reposition your patient every 2 hours, from side to back to other side. This will stimulate heart rate and breathing, both great ways to keep blood going and to keep patient as healthy as possible. The interaction with you will also give the patient the vital reassurance of human touch.

  5. Step 5

    Check for any redness or skin breakdown if a patient has been left in one position for longer than 2 hours. Especially on the back, since laying on the back puts all the pressure on the buttocks and skin breaks down easily from that much pressure, as well as causing soreness to the patient.


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MCN - health teaching - Bedridden Patient Tips

Tips for caring for the bedridden: If you have a loved one who is bedridden it’s inconvenient to say the least. For the patient it can be somewhat daunting to always call upon another when in need of something that is only slightly out of reach. Whether your loved one is bedridden temporarily or for a long while there are some things you can do to make life easier for him and yourself. Most care-givers are aware of things like bed pans to help the bedridden but there are many more handy items to help.

Keeping things at a distance easily reached by the bedridden person will help quite a bit. Use the headboard to place things within reach or pull up a night stand or table. It helps to set up a two-way monitor that works like a walkie-talkie, or simply use a bell for calling help. Try to find a bell with a clip or attach your own clip to the bell so the patient can clip it on the sheet when not in use.

They make a “reacher” which is found at department stores to help grab things which are placed too far away from the bed. The “grabber” is a small pole with a pincer-type apparatus at one end and a squeezable handle at the other. When squeezed the pincer closes and can allow the patient to pick up objects that are smallish and not too heavy. When the handle is released the pincer opens to allow the removal of the object.

Sliding tables will make life easier as well. If you have enough room use several of them, each holding different items, to slide up to and away from the bed. Keep the tables within reach and have each table contain specific items. One table can hold phone, phone book, pad, pen and reading glasses. Another table can hold puzzles or games. Still another can hold hand wipes, a pitcher of water and snacks. The patient can then slide preferred table up to the bed and slide it back when finished. These tables are designed to be adjustable to many different levels and positions for eating, reading and writing. They slide easily on most floors. Find them at department stores or order from magazines.

Make or purchase a set of bed pockets. They slide between the mattress and box springs of the bed and hang over the side, with pockets to store needy items. They’re easy to make: cut a piece of fabric about a third of the length of the bed and from the floor to a foot or so under the mattress. Cut another piece to go from the bottom of the large piece, about a third of the way up. Sew straight down in several places to form pockets for holding remote, glasses, puzzle books, tissue and medications. Make something similar to lay on sliding tables, with the pockets hanging over 3 edges. The table can now hold much more than before.

Keep hand sanitizing lotion nearby, along with wet-wipes. New wipes are now made for quick body washing purposes, making it easy for the patient to do quick wash-ups on his own. Be sure and have a small trash can located nearby. Use a small plastic tub and squirt bottle or pitcher and glass, on a sliding table, for teeth brushing. Use a small mirror with clamps to attach to the table.

There are lots of things besides games and puzzles that the patient can do when bored. Starting a scrapbook is one idea. Use a duffle bag or another organizer to store the scrapbook items next to the bed. The patient can then lift the bag onto a sliding table when ready to work. Duffels are good for other storage purposes while the patient is bedridden. They come in many sizes, can be stacked upon one another and easily reached from the side of the bed. Pack one with cd player, cd’s, books and journals. For kids, fill a duffel with his or her favorite toys and games.

Consider moving the stereo, VCR and DVD player over to one side of the bed for easy access. Tv’s can be hung on a wall with an inexpensive kit found in most department stores. Be sure to find a stud in the wall to hang the tv safely.

Washing hair is a chore when you’re the care-giver but is easier when you use a stainless steel or plastic tub. Lay the patient’s head, on a folded towel, on the edge of the portable tub. Set water, shampoo and towels on a sliding table for convenience. Squirt bottles make washing short hair very quick and prevent water from splashing everywhere. Pitchers of water help with long hair. It’s best to feel two or three rather than trying to refill each time.

One last thing: if you’re the care-giver remember to take time off for yourself to recoup. Taking care of someone who is bedridden is hard work. You need time to relax and have a break. Talk to friends and neighbors to see if you can find a temporary replacement for a couple of hours per day to take some time for you.


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