Health and Social Care Level 2 Unit 86

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Unit 86 – Maintain Personal Hygiene 1.1 Explain why personal hygiene is important Maintaining personal hygiene is of key importance for many reasons; personal, social, health, psychological or simply as a way of life. Keeping a good standard of hygiene helps to prevent the development and spread of infections, illnesses and bad odours. Poor hygiene can also have a negative impact on an individuals social life as friends and family with notice your appearance or odour for example and as a result wont want to bother with you. 1.2 Describe the effects of poor hygiene on health and wellbeing Poor hygiene can have a range effects on your health and wellbeing, for example; A build up of sweat and bacteria will cause body odour or B.O. which is probably the most common effect of poor hygiene. Not maintaining personal hygiene can lead to an individuals skin breaking down, causing sores which can lead to infection and pain. Poor personal hygiene can also have an effect on an individuals mental health and can lead to a loss in confidence and insecurity. A persons well-being is effected by different things. Physical well-being is affected if an individual health deteriorates. Emotional well-being is affected by an individuals mood. Social well-being may be affected by the individual having body odour for example, others may find it difficult to be around them if they have a unpleasant odour. 2.5 Describe how to maintain the dignity of an individual when supporting intimate personal hygiene When I support an individual with intimate personal hygiene, for example, when showering. I always make sure the doors, blinds, curtains, etc. Are closed to always ensure that the individual keeps their dignity and respect. I always make sure that when moving from the bathroom to their bedroom or vice versa, the individual is covered, using a

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