Personal hygiene is important because it prevents illness and the spread of germs and disease.
If a person has poor hygiene they could become ill, with sores from improper washing or with other bacterial infections. If a person doesn’t wash properly they could start to smell and this effect their social well-being as people may avoid them or make fun of them.
A resident is encouraged to take a daily shower, this has been discussed and negotiated with them and is explained to them in terms they understand that is they do not wash regularly they could become ill and have to go to the doctors.
Residents are spoken to on a one to one basis by their keyworkers. It is explained that if they have poor hygiene and make themselves ill then this could be passed onto other people
Personal hygiene routines are discussed and reviewed between the resident, their keyworker and the manager. The resident is supported to decide whether they need to wash more frequently (for example if they are incontinent they may smell and need to wash more often) or whether their current plan is sufficient.
Factors that contribute to good personal hygiene are:
* Washing hair
* Cleaning clothes
* Washing hands after using the toilet
Residents culture and faith/beliefs are supported by ensuring that if said culture, faith or belief includes ceremonial hand-washing or maybe involves wearing certain clothes for a period of time then all these things are included in their life plans and are risk assessed to ensure the health of the residents are put first but that they are respected at all times.
Maintaining a resident’s dignity if they require help with personal hygiene can be difficult and can be dealt with in different ways depending on the resident. Some residents may like to have a game...