By promoting personal hygiene in your own practice and appearance, and assisting individuals that you care for, you are leading by example. 1.2 Describe the effects of poor personal hygiene on health and well being. Poor personal hygeine can initially lead to the individual developing body odour from either not washing or not changing their clothing, this can lead to the person becoming isolated as family, freinds or the wider community as they are reluctant to spend time with the person. Not keeping their body and skin clean can lead to health problems such as bacterial, fungal or parasitic infections such as athletes foot. Poor dental hygeine will first be indicated by a build up of plaque on the teeth and bad breath but can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and loss of teeth, which can make a person who already has low self esteem loose more confidence.
The working environment can also deteriorate when hygiene standards are low. Poor personal hygiene can also lead to low self esteem, low confidence and leave S/Us feeling isolated and depressed. 2.1 Using a friendly approach, talk positively and sensitively to the S/U about the importance of good personal hygiene and reassure them that you are there to help them if they need that help bearing in mind their right to independence and their ability to act independently and explain that their privacy is just as important to you as it is to them. 2.2 It is important to be sensitive and not impose your own values
1.1 Explain why personal hygiene important Good personal hygiene is essential to promoting good health. Personal hygiene includes oral hygiene, skin hygiene, hair hygiene and hair hygiene, but it is not limited to these 4 as after promoting a good personal hygiene even the clothes that you put on must be clean. Personal hygiene habits such as washing your hands and brushing and flossing your teeth will help keep bacteria, viruses, and illnesses at bay. And there are mental as well as physical benefits. Practicing good body hygiene helps you feel good about yourself, which is important for your mental health.
Support Individuals to maintain Personal Hygiene Understand the Importance of good personal Hygiene 1.1, 1.2 Maintaining a good level of personal hygiene is important because it reduces the risks of infection. This can be done by simply washing and drying properly, including areas such as your face, hair, nails, hands and feet. Personal hygiene is important in everyday life and not just specifically in a health and social care environment; it helps to reduce the spread of germs, viruses and bugs. Maintaining a good level of personal hygiene can help an individual to feel comfortable, especially in social areas. This, in turn, raises self esteem and confidence.
Unit 23 Support Personal Hygiene 1.1 Explain why personal hygiene is important? Personal hygiene is important as good personal hygiene reduces the spread of bacteria and other unwanted offensive materials which also reduce the spread disease. Also if personal hygiene is maintained it provides a good and professional impression. 1.2 Describe the effects of poor hygiene on health and wellbeing? Poor hygiene can affect health by spreading disease and making people ill, Poor hygiene affects a person’s wellbeing by making them feel unclean and smelly which could affect the individual by causing them to become depressed, lack motivation & wanting to be alone.
Using PPE like gloves and aprons also helps reduce the spread of infection. PPE should be removed as soon as you leave the individuals working environment. Encouraging the individual's personal hygiene:- Some individuals will require prompting to undertake their personal hygiene, some will require assistance to undertake their personal hygiene and some individuals with require their personal hygiene to be undertaken on their behalf. Educating the individuals to the reasons why personal hygiene is important and the benefits that it brings to quality of life and dignity should be explained. Unit
For this reason it is important that staff ensure equipment is in good working order, safe and clean. Staff can do this by checking equipment regularly, being observant and not putting anyone at risk of danger or harm. It is also important equipment is tested and confirmed to be safe. Equipment should be checked before each use and if appears to be dangerous should be taken out of use and reported and recorded according to your local policy. Example of dangerous equipment may be a sharp edge on the bath seat as this may cause skin tears.
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. 2.2 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. 2.3 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.
describe the effects of poor personal hygiene on health and well-being. The effect of poor personal hygiene on health and well-being may develop from social problems to serious diseases. Body and dental odour are one of the first consequences of poor hygiene. Person can be excluded from society around them, feeling insecure, losing their confidence and self-esteem. Poor hygiene may lead to social difficulties and isolation.
Can be spread by touch, coughs and colds, it is good practise to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and washing your hands after, disposing of any tissues in bins. It could also be prevented if residents do not share cutlery, cups or anything that may transfer infection to one another. Infection Control in your work place should be a part of everyday practice, and if followed to the correct procedure, can help to contain illnesses being spread. Diarrhoea, vomiting, coughs and colds are hard to contain in a nursing home because those residents who are mobile don't always understand that its in he interest of the home and the other residents that they are asked to stay in their rooms. Infections can also be transferred through visitors coming in to see their relatives.