Bathing wipes, a valuable hygiene option for frail older persons at home: a proof-of-concept study

Acher, Vickie, Smyth, Wendy, and Nagle, Cate (2021) Bathing wipes, a valuable hygiene option for frail older persons at home: a proof-of-concept study. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 38 (3). pp. 43-46.

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Abstract

Objectives: To explore experiences and attitudes of frail older persons to using bathing wipes as a hygiene option at home.

Methods: A descriptive, exploratory study was conducted with older clients who required hygiene assistance post hospital discharge and consented to trial bath wipes. Client participants or their carer completed a verbal questionnaire administered via telephone. Descriptive statistics summarised the quantitative data and closed-ended questions were analysed using content analysis.

Results: Thirty-seven of the 49 consented participants used the bathing wipes at home. There was high level of agreement that bathing wipes were fit for purpose and participants indicated that they were suitable to use to supplement assisted showers.

Conclusion: The use of bathing wipes provides an acceptable hygiene option and can support autonomy of frail, older persons, while reducing the risk of falls from wet floors. Bathing wipes are of use to persons who have not yet regained independence with showering and/or are awaiting bathroom modifications installed.

Item ID: 71303
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-4328
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Copyright Information: © 2021 Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation. All rights reserved
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2022 22:12
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420506 Sub-acute care @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200599 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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