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Janine’s resident, Mrs. Karn, has mobility issues; therefore, she spends most of her time in bed or in her wheelchair looking out the window. One of Janine’s daily tasks is to change the bed linens for Mrs. Karn and other residents. Before remaking the bed, Janine gathers several necessary supplies including gloves, a mattress pad, bed sheets, and pillowcases. In case Mrs. Karn is occupying the bed, Janine also brings in a draw sheet and bath blanket to use if she has to make the bed with Mrs. Karn in it.

When Janine enters Mrs. Karn’s room, she finds Mrs. Karn watching the birds outside the window while she is sitting in her wheelchair. After greeting Mrs. Karn and telling her that she will be changing her bed linens, Janine puts gloves on to prevent the spread of infection.

Janine begins by removing the blankets and bedspread and placing them over a chair because they are still clean. Before she removes the soiled linens, Janine checks to see if Mrs. Karn has left any belongings in the bed, such as her glasses or Bible. Janine removes the sheets, mattress pad, and pillowcases and puts the soiled linen directly into the laundry hamper, being careful not to shake the linen. Then, after removing her gloves and washing her hands, she remakes the bed one side at a time, layering the mattress pad, bottom sheet, top sheet, blanket, and bedspread. As she works, she chats with Mrs. Karn about her visitors, dinner last night, the warm and sunny weather, and the kinds of birds she is seeing outside.

Before leaving the room, Mrs. Karn and Janine chat a while longer about what activities Mrs. Karn has planned for that day. When Janine finally leaves, Mrs. Karn has a freshly made bed and a smile on her face.

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Project made financially possible through grants from:

Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners