Washing and bathing

7. Using the toilet

Try to ensure that the person wipes themselves properly after using the toilet, or help them to do so if this feels appropriate. This will depend on your relationship with the person and the amount of support they need.

Tips for toilet hygiene

  • Wiping from front to back, rather than back to front, helps to prevent infection.
  • Moist toilet tissues, available from most chemists and supermarkets, can clean more effectively than dry toilet paper, and can also be useful to keep around in case the person has an accident.