Support individuals to meet personal care needs
To establish the level and type of support an individual needs I would ask the individual how much help they need, what they are comfortable with and anything they may be worried about. I would read the risk assessment, as it would give me information on my client’s ability to participate and highlight any possible risks. I would promote independence, encouraging active participation so that they feel in control of the amount of support they receive. An occupational therapist can help in advising on specialist equipment or changes to help the individual to be as independent as possible.
Maintaining privacy during personal care should be discussed sensitively with the individual concerned. Different religions and cultures may have strong views on this and in order to avoid causing offence their wishes must be followed. Simply by closing doors, curtains or blinds, and knocking before entering a room can maintain high levels of privacy.
It is important to promote and demonstrate good hygiene practices as it is your responsibility as a care worker. Some individuals being supported may need to be sensitively reminded about hygiene, it is good practice to explain the reasons for maintaining good hygiene levels, whilst respecting people's differences and attitudes to taking care of themselves.
Protective equipment, clothing and precautions should be followed at all times when working to minimise the risk of infection. Uniforms should be clean on each day and washed separately from other laundry. Gloves, aprons and good hand washing techniques should be used when providing personal care for individuals as germs can spread very easily in care home settings.
Concerns about the safety and hygiene of equipment or facilities used for personal care should be reported to your line manager or house manager immediately. Equipment would need to be taken out of use and labeled...