Shampooing hair is often a challenge for both caregivers and individuals with mobility issues. Whether the person being washed is confined to a wheelchair or can sit, but are unable to lean backward, shampoo trays are an ideal solution for getting hair clean and washing it easily at a sink. Designed to accommodate all body types, they can be used either over the head of the individual being washed or by resting on their shoulders. Most are latex-free and can be cleaned easily with soap or household disinfectant. They feature raised and contoured edges to prevent water from splashing or flowing out, except directly into the sink basin.
This easy-to-use plastic tray is contoured to fit neck comfortably and simply rests on the client’s shoulders for convenient shampooing while they remain seated in chair or wheelchair. Its unique rubber facing surrounds the tray and neck opening to provide superior comfort and prevent slipping. Its compact and lightweight design diminishes awkward bending for those with limited motion and reduces back strain on caregivers.
In addition to easing the process, these trays are also more comfortable for the individual being washed than traditional methods of washing hair. For example, when an elderly person’s hair is shampooed while they are leaning backward, it can cause discomfort and pain in their neck, especially if the hairdresser uses too much pressure or is overly aggressive with his or her strokes. To help alleviate this, Dr. Weintraub suggests that salon professionals avoid prolonged neck arching, hyperextension or twisting and that they encourage their clients to hold their neck in a forward position while being washed.
A great alternative to a shampoo tray is an inflatable shampoo basin. This semi-circular shaped plastic receptacle is similar to a pillow and has a flat recessed center with an inflatable rim running around the perimeter. Caregivers can simply place it on a bed or wheelchair and the individual can then lean their head back into the receptacle as they are being washed. This product is also available in a waterproof and chemical/stain resistant version to protect skin and clothing from wetness or spills. BACS À SHAMPOING