Restorative Nursing: Dressing, Grooming, and Bathing for Nursing Assistants

Restorative Nursing: Dressing, Grooming, and Bathing for Nursing Assistants 

The ability to perform basic activities of daily living, or ADLs, is important to a resident’s quality of life. Because of age and other chronic factors, ADL decline may be unavoidable in some residents. However, with the implementation of the right program, you can prevent this decline in many of your residents. Knowing how to incorporate dressing, grooming, and bathing programs into your organization’s restorative program will help your residents gain a sense of independence and self-worth. In this module, you will learn how to implement restorative programs for dressing, grooming, and bathing.


Hours: 0.75


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 0.70 contact hours.

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)

0.75 HOURS

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-RNDGBNA-V2
Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
List 2 areas that affect activities of daily living.
List 3 effective approaches for bathing programs.
Describe adaptive equipment for dressing.
List 3 effective approaches for grooming programs.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Activities of Daily Living

Meet Agnes

Areas that Impact ADL

Why Try?

The Human Connection

Talking with Families

Time Management

The Goals of Restorative Nursing

Restorative Nursing Objectives

Level of Functioning

Bathing Terminology



Section 3: Dressing Programs

Meet John

Clothing Tips

Adaptive Equipment



Section 4: Grooming Programs

Tips for Grooming

Adaptive Equipment

Tips for Grooming



Section 5: Bathing Programs

Tips for Bathing

Getting Into and Out of the Tub


Adaptive Equipment

Bathing Tips



Section 6: Conclusion


Course Contributors




Instructor: Barbara Acello, RN
Barbara Acello is an independent nurse consultant and educator in Denton, Texas. She is a member of the Texas Nurses' Association, NANDA International, and American College of Healthcare Administrators (ACHCA). She is the recipient of the 2006 ACHCA education award and 2008 ACHCA journalism award. She has assisted in writing and developing mandatory state curricula for nurse aides and EMTs, and has written and contributed to numerous textbooks, instructor guides, quick reference guides, and supplemental instructional material for health care personnel. Geriatrics is her preferred area of clinical practice, and she is committed to improving working conditions, education, and professionalism for personnel in the long term care industry. Resident safety, pain assessment and management, restraints, pressure ulcers, and infection control are subspecialty areas of her practice. Disclosure: Barbara Acello, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN worked as a critical care nurse in an Intensive Care Unit of a community hospital and that experience provided significant training in caring for older adults. Her experience and knowledge led her to nursing education where she taught at a community college as she received her Master's in Nurse Education at Western Carolina University. As a nursing instructor, she spent time in many types of care settings including medical-surgical inpatient and community living centers. Her passion for education and training has most recently led her to a position as Subject Matter Expert and Content Writer for Relias. She is currently developing her medical writing skills through the University of California San Diego's medical writing program. Disclosure: Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Direct Care Workers; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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