How to give a bed bath & beyond

bed bath beyond

Caregivers sometimes have to give immobile patients daily or weekly bed baths in order to address skin health, odor control, and comfort. Additionally, a bed bath is a great opportunity to check the care receiver for redness and sores, especially in skin folds and bony areas. Certain supplies need to be gathered and instructions followed to provide a successful and safe bed bath.



·         A large bowl of warm water.

·         Regular or no-rinse soap.

·         Two washcloths or sponges.

·         A dry towel.

·         Lotion.

·         Shaving supplies (if necessary).

·         Comb and other hair care products.

  1. Bring all supplies to the bedside, and raise the bed to a comfortable height so as to not strain your back.
  2. Explain to the patient what you are about to do.
  3. Place a blanket or towel over the patient and undress them.
  4. Wash one section at a time.
  5. Only uncover the part of the body you’re washing at a given time so the patient does not get cold nor feels their privacy invaded.
  6. With the patient lying supine, start washing the face, neck and ears and work your way down the shoulders, upper body, arm, and hand, hip and legs and all the way to the feet. Then roll them to one side and wash the back.
  7. When washing the skin, first wet it and then apply a small quantity of soap. Ask the patient whether you’re rubbing too hard.
  8. Rinse all of the soap off the area and pat dry. Apply lotion before covering up.
  9. Wash the genitals and buttocks from front to back with a clean washcloth and warm water.
  10. Use a dry shampoo that combs out or a basin designed for washing hair in bed.




·         Close windows or turn up the heat to keep the room warm.

·         Fill the bowl with water that is not warmer than 115° F (46° C).

·         Put towels under the patient to keep the bed dry.

·         Make sure that the patient can’t fall out of the bed should you have to walk away.

·         To wash eyelids, wet the washcloth without soap, gently wipe from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner and pat dry.

·         Change the bath water and wash the genital area last. Bend the patient’s knees to reach the area better if you need to. Make sure to wash around the testicles in men. Roll the patient onto their side to wash between the buttocks if you need to. Genitals must be washed every day.

After the bath

·         Rub lotion onto the arms, legs, feet, and other dry skin areas.

·         Remove wet towels and dress the patient.

·         Discard dirty water and clean the bowl. 

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