Hygiene in the Care Sector

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LD 206.1] Understand the importance of good personal hygiene It is important to maintain a high standard of hygiene to stop infections and cross contamination. When you have a good personal hygiene routine it makes you feel better, comfortable and clean, this can give you a feeling of self-worth and can make you feel valued. If you don’t do this you can have a strong unpleasant odour this can be very unpleasant for colleagues, friends and themselves, people may wish not to be around you. If you do not maintain good Personal Hygiene it can make an individual’s skin break down which can in turn manifest into sores leading to an infection which will be very painful. Lack of personal hygiene can also have an effect on a person’s well-being by affecting their mental health which can lead to insecurities by them not feeling good about themselves and a loss of confidence. This can lead to their physical well-being if their health deteriorates. [LD 206.2] Know how to encourage an individual to maintain personal hygiene To encourage someone to maintain personal hygiene I should have a discussion with them to see if there is an underlying issue preventing them from carrying out this procedure, i.e. embarrassment, financial, cultural needs, we could look at what they would like to happen and the products they would like to use during their support and this could be put in their care plan. We should discuss the implications of them not carrying out personal care like infections and the effects e.g. we have a Service User that is prone to his skin breaking down and poor hygiene would not be a good contributing factor to this. Explain to them the social implications of not having a good personal hygiene like not brushing their teeth i.e. results in bad breath and people not wanting to be near person that smells. I could look at getting information leaflets or websites that
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