5.30 Skills Checklist: Shaving With an Electric Razor

  1. Gather Supplies: Gloves, clothing protector (towel), razor, and hamper
  2. Routine Pre-Procedure Steps:
    • Knock on the resident’s door.
    • Perform hand hygiene.
    • Maintain respectful, courteous, and professional communication at all times.
    • Introduce yourself and identify the resident.
    • Provide for privacy.
    • Explain the procedure to the resident.
  3. Procedure Steps:
    • Put on gloves.
    • Sit the resident upright and place a clothing protector over their chest.
    • Hold the shaver at a right angle to the resident’s face, using your free hand to pull their skin taught as you shave. This will minimize snagging and the risk of cutting the resident.
    • Shave all areas of the face and neck per resident preference.
    • Gather the clothing protector so their whiskers do not fall onto their clothing.
    • Place the clothing protector in the designated hamper.
    • Clean the razor per facility guidelines and charge or plug it in.
    • Remove the gloves, turning them inside out.
  4. Post-Procedure Steps:
    • Perform hand hygiene.
    • Check for resident comfort and ask if anything else is needed.
    • Ensure the bed is low and locked. Check the brakes.
    • Place the call light or signaling device within reach of the resident.
    • Open the door and privacy curtain.
    • Perform hand hygiene.
    • Document and report any skin issues or changes noted with the resident.

View a YouTube video[1] of an instructor demonstrating shaving with an electric razor:


  1. Chippewa Valley Technical College. (2022, December 3). Shaving with an Electric Razor. [Video]. YouTube. Video licensed under CC BY 4.0https://youtu.be/ShawTlxf1o8


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