Thanks for helping us on this thread, Don'tBeAfraid!! Quoting: pool
I agree, I changed my sheets 3 times in a 7 day period and it felt great to smell and touch clean linens.
Update: this morning I coughed a little blood...that was freaky! But all in all doing better, though breathing is an exercise.
Smells are an important function of health care. Some smells are "clean", Smells like citrus, because it cuts through other scents, and imparts a freshness to the room of the patient. It also promotes calm when using citrus. Soap naturally has a clean smell.
The patient has lost their sense of smell sometimes as the nasal passage is impacted (exceeding stuffed full) with congested dried out infected mucus and blood. They can't smell that they're clean a lot of the time, so they neglect to clean themselves.
The ones who can smell, are refeshed by clean smells, and sometimes it makes them realize, "Oh heck, I need to shower, so I get better..." It's important for this reason as then you're not getting on their ass about cleaning up, and so creating resistance to cleaning.
Asthma patients are very allergic, and using perfume when helping a sick asthma patient, or visiting them, will irritate their already irritated lungs. Don't wear perfume or heavily scented lotion when around them. It can trigger a coughing spell.