Lionel's bath Went into the home early today to help carers give Lionel a bath. This was planned like a military operation. He has to stay in his hammock type sling, so he had to be undressed on the bed, sling put under him. Hoisted naked to his chair, covered with blanket and wheeled down corridor into disabled bathroom. Hoisted from chair and lowered, still in sling, into lovely warm bath. Then hoisted out, lowered onto chair, which had been covered in towels. Taken briskly back to bedroom. Bed had to be stripped down to his special mattress, he was then lowered onto the bed. Wet sling had to be removed from under him, and he was then rubbed dry. Dressed, lying on the bed, then new sling rolled under him so as to be able to sit him in his chair. He is so stiff, and unable to help do any of this, but at least he stayed calmer than usual. I softly talked to him the whole time. Needless to say, we were glad when it was all over. The two carers were wonderful, and Lionel really seemed to enjoy. He slept until lunch, I fed him, and then he went back to sleep. He was still asleep when I left at 4.00pm. The girls have said that this can be done on a regular basis. Took about an hour all told.