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Providing Evening Care to Patients

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By Matt Vera BSN, R.N.

Evening care to patients is a way to refresh and prepare them for sleep. This also promotes relaxation on the patient. Learn on how to provide evening care to patients.


  1. To refresh the patient and prepare him for sleep
  2. To promote muscular relaxation
  3. To prevent bedsore

Preparation of Patient and Environment

A tray containing:

  • Basin of warm water
  • Alcohol 70%
  • Soap in soap dish
  • Talcum powder
  • Hair comb or brush
  • Bath towel & wash cloth
  • Pitcher of warm water
  • Mouth wash tray with
  • Mouth wash solution
  • Tooth brush
  • Kidney basin
  • Linen required


  1. Allow patient to brush his teeth, wash his face, hands and forearms. If patient is unable to help himself, do it for him.
  2. Turn patient to his side, unfasten his camisa or hospital gown and bathe her back.
  3. Massage back with alcohol 70% or skin lotion paying particular attention to the bony prominences and other reddish spots on the back.
  4. Dust with powder
  5. If the patient is wearing a binder, remove it when giving care to the back. Inspect dressing for bleeding or discharge and changes or reinforce p.r.n. Return the binder in place.
  6. Brush and comb hair. Protect back and camisa with towel
  7. Fasten patient’s camisa Move patient to one side brush crumbs or dirt from the bed.
  8. Tighten beddings.
  9. Fluff up pillows and replace
  10. Replace ice cap or hot water bag p.r.n
  11. Give bedtime medicine if any. Attend to all patient’s request
  12. Place signal cord or bell within the reach of the patient.
  13. Remove all unnecessary things from the room: trays, dishes, etc. Empty wastebasket.
  14. Adjust screen or blinds and light.
  15. Document
Matt Vera, a registered nurse since 2009, leverages his experiences as a former student struggling with complex nursing topics to help aspiring nurses as a full-time writer and editor for Nurseslabs, simplifying the learning process, breaking down complicated subjects, and finding innovative ways to assist students in reaching their full potential as future healthcare providers.

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