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Carers UK Forum • Drying backs of legs & bottom
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Drying backs of legs & bottom

Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:30 am
by Bean76
Does anyone have any ingenious ideas how to dry the back of a wheelchair user's legs & bottom after a shower? Dad uses a shower chair & on a good day can push his bottom up from the seat so I can push a towel underneath & he can sit back sown on it. I worry though about skin fragility (not so much a problem now, he's only 66, but in the future)and also that you can't get into the 'nooks & crannies' that way.

Would be interested to know how people solve this problem without transferring back to the bed & rolling from side to side to dry.

Thanks

Re: Drying backs of legs & bottom

Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:38 pm
by jenny lucas
If the shower chair has holes for the shower water to drain through, once it's stopped dripping, would it be possible to use a hair dryer 'up and under' so to speak????

Re: Drying backs of legs & bottom

Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 4:15 pm
by Violet
Hello Neen
I don't have any ingenious ideas but I know what you mean about those "nooks and crannies"
What I do with hubby, also using shower chair, is get him to tilt a wee bit to the left and dry as much as possible, helping to raise his right leg to dry back of leg and reach part of "n & c area". Then tilt to the right and do the same. This works well for us as he is safe on the chair all the time this is going on - rather than trying to raise the whole bottom area at once.

Re: Drying backs of legs & bottom

Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 4:59 pm
by Bean76
Thanks for the replies.

Jenny, yours made me laugh - I'm not sure I could bring myself to blow-dry Dad's bits but for braver should this may work!

Violet, we do a version of this sometimes as well. We've actually just hired for a weeks trial a transfer standing hoist so that I don't have to do so many lifts & it has the added benefit of exposing the waist down area which made drying & dressing a doddle. Not sure the OT would approve as I think they're designed for people who can actually support their weight but it seemed to work well enough for us and Dad said he felt secure in the harness (although the bloody thing is a bit of a nightmare to move on carpet & I'm not sure it's any easier than doing the 'trunk pivot' transfer but I think it's probably safer on the back in the long run)

Re: Drying backs of legs & bottom

Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:00 pm
by Eun
Our son is put on to his bed on a towel and rolled from side to side to get dried - its the only we have found to do it.

Eun

Re: Drying backs of legs & bottom

Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 7:55 pm
by susieq
jenny lucas wrote:If the shower chair has holes for the shower water to drain through, once it's stopped dripping, would it be possible to use a hair dryer 'up and under' so to speak????
just make sure it's on a cool setting - some of the hotter settings could cause a burn on sensitive skin and, of course, don't use it in the bathroom - water and electricity don't mix :shock:

Re: Drying backs of legs & bottom

Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:22 pm
by bowlingbun
I was instructed to use a hair dryer after an operation in a delicate area, and it worked very well! I know that there are some special toilet seats which wash and dry the area in question after using the toilet, no idea what they are called though. M has a friend who has one in his disabled flat, left over from a previous tenant I think.

Re: Drying backs of legs & bottom

Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:35 pm
by Eun
Bowlingbun they are called a Clos o mat Robert has one. All they do though is once you have used the toilet they wash your bottom clean and then blow it dry. We still wipe him afterwards as well though just in case. You can buy an all over body blower somewhat like the hand driers in public toilets only much bigger but it costs quite a lot of money.

Eun

Re: Drying backs of legs & bottom

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:46 am
by Bean76
Jenny & bowlingbun - it turns out you were right, a hairdryer is the easiest way to dry Dad. Not sure it would work as well without the hoist as the shower chair only has a central hole not drainage holes but when used with the standing hoist it works well.

Thanks for the tip!

Re: Drying backs of legs & bottom

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:01 pm
by Eun
We used a hairdryer once when Rob was on his bed and completely melted his air mattress!!! Won't be trying that again!

Eun