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Skin Care Fair Instruction Guide

Step 4. Have participant sit on the pillow. To make it fun, advise the participant no wiggling allowed or the audience will “boo.” For fun, have the audience practice “booing” one time.

Step 5. While the participant is sitting, tell the story of the Princess and the Pea. (Once upon a time, a girl wanted to marry the prince. Since only a true princess could marry the prince, his mother, the queen, gave her a test to see if this was the case. For her test, the girl had to sleep on top of a pile of many mattresses. Unbeknownst to her, a pea was placed under the very bottom mattress. A true princess would detect this! Needless to say, the girl could not fall asleep because there was something making the mattress very uncomfortable (the pea). She told the queen of this. The queen recognized that she truly was a princess. She married the prince and lived happily ever after. The end of the story.)

Step 6. State that you will now see if there is a princess in the chair. Ask the participant if he/she feels comfortable sitting? If the participant is uncomfortable, deem him/her prince/princess for the day!

Step 7. Show the audience the hidden rubber ball under the pillow. Usually they will laugh at this point.

Step 8. Ask the audience what can be done to wheelchairs and beds to reduce pressure and make the resident more comfortable.

Lesson: Use support surfaces on beds and chairs to reduce or relieve pressure. Ensure that they are in place and in proper working condition.

2. Dorothy’s Shoe ...”Lions, and tigers, and bears oh my!”

Repeat “Lions, and tigers, and bears oh my!” with the sound clip. Then state, “Pressure and blisters and objects oh my!” (just like the previous phrase).

Objective: By having the participant with closed eyes feel in the shoe, he/she will feel objects that could create pressure on the foot.

Step 1. Place paper clip and other small objects in shoe (i.e. paper clips, dimes, nickels, rubber band, ball).

Step 2. Have the participant close their eyes and feel to identify the objects. Any parts of the shoe itself that could create pressure on the foot can be identified. Have the audience clap if the participant can identify the objects.

Step 3. Remind the audience that some residents may not be able to sense pressure and react to it. For example, diabetics may have limited sensation of the feet and be unable to detect pressure, even from a shoe.

Step 4. Ask the audience if they can identify other equipment that can create pressure on the skin i.e. oxygen cannula, improperly fitting incontinent briefs.


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