Unit 97 Support Individuals to Maintain Personal Hygiene 1 Understand the importance of good personal hygiene Explain why personal hygiene is important Good personal hygiene important to help take care of your body to prevent illness and infection. Good personal hygiene can also help to prevent the spread of infection to others. Describe the effects of poor personal hygiene on health and well-being Poor personal hygiene is known to be unacceptable in our culture. Good personal hygiene helps us to eliminate odours from our body. Odours occur from bacteria found on our skin and in our mouths.
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.
Task 1: Understanding the importance of good personal hygiene. ⦁ Good personal hygiene is important because when we are in close contact with other people body odor or bad breath can be quite offensive to some people and so it is not only essential for well being, but for health reasons too (both mental and physical) Keeping clean and maintaining a respectable appearance are vital to boosting self-esteem no matter who you are, as there are those in society that will not tolerate any sort of neglect to these areas and if they come into contact with some who has bad body or bad breath will most certainly take offense to it and/or will quite probably remark about it to the person in such a way that it hurts that persons feelings and so is further detrimental to their self-esteem. So it is important to be sensitive and tactful when addressing such an issue with someone who is clearly having problems in maintaining a good level of personal hygiene so that their feelings are protected. ⦁ Poor hygiene can lead to all sorts of problems for an individual most likely being unpleasant smells, dermatitis such as sores, blisters and in some cases infections such as scabies or even lice which can lead to long term skin problems if not treated. If the individual is under constant verbal abuse for their poor hygiene it will more often than not result in the person feeling unconfident from low self esteem, which can lead to depression and isolation.
LD 206 – Principles of supporting an individual to maintain personal hygiene Most people will maintain personal hygiene except in illness, substance abuse, or dementia. Dementia can cause a change in personal hygiene habits. People may forget to wash or change their clothes, or they may forget how to keep clean. Carers may find these stressful but different strategies can help. A person with dementia may need help with going to the toilet, getting dressed, brushing their teeth and grooming hair and nails.
Principles of supporting an individual to maintain personal hygiene (LD206) Outcome 1 1.1 Personal hygiene is important for feeling good, comfortable and clean – good personal hygiene means the reduction of body odour which can be unpleasant for the individual and others. Personal hygiene also makes you have feelings of self-worth and can make you feel valued. 1.2Not maintaining own personal hygiene can make the individual’s skin break down, this can in turn cause sores and can lead to infections and pain for the individual. Not maintaining personal hygiene can also affect an individual’s mental health and can lead to insecurities and a loss in confidence. Emotional well-being is affected with the person not feeling good in themselves, physical well-being if their health deteriorates and social well-being as the individual may have body odour which will make others find it unpleasant to be around them.
If you are assisting someone with their personal hygiene, it is important to respect that persons privacy and dignity, as well as carrying out personal hygiene tasks in the manner that the individual wishes you too. For example if a person prefers to have a daily bath or shower rather than a wash, it is your responsibility to ensure this happens. 2. Describe the effects of poor personal hygiene on health and well-being Poor personal hygiene can lead to skin irritations and breaks in the skin (pressure sores) as well as bacterial and parasitic infections, which can have a long term effect on an individuals health if the problem is not treated effectively. It can have an adverse effect on a person’s well-being and self-esteem as they may withdraw from society due to feelings of embarrassment because of bodily odours and unsightly appearance.
Unit 4222-249 Outcome One Part One Personal hygiene is important because it prevents illness and the spread of germs and disease. Part Two 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. Outcome Two Part One 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. Part Two Residents are spoken to on a one to one basis by their keyworkers.
Personal hygiene means the cleaning and grooming of the external body to make sure the skin, nails and hair are in a good condition. This is done to keep the body and hair clean and free from infections. Through eating, drinking, coughing, sneezing, sweating and elimination of urine and excrement the body needs cleaning to prevent infection, discomfort and odors. 1.2. Describe the effects of poor personal hygiene on health and well-being Poor personal hygiene can lead to unpleasant body odors, leaving the individual feeling depressed, with low self esteem and low confidence.
It is however important to be aware of the impact of stereotypes because they can have harmful cost for an individual (K101, Unit 11, p140). In conclusion to what I have discussed it is extremely important when caring for someone that you don’t use stereotypes that relate to a persons disability, race, sexuality, religious beliefs and cultural background. Everyone should be treated as an individual. Using stereotypes can have damaging effects on an individual and may end up in them receiving the wrong care. Care workers should be patient and open minded when discussing any issues making sure they listen to what is being said and therefore avoiding any
1.3 Agree with the individual how privacy will be maintained through personal care I always ensure that doors are closed where possible or blinds drawn so that other colleagues or service users cannot gain view and curtains are shut so that other passer’s by cannot obtain view and towels or covers are used to hide their genital areas. The service users dignity and privacy should be foremost. 2.1 Support the individual to understand the reasons for hygiene and safety precautions. 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 Explain how to report concerns about the safety and hygiene of equipment or facilities used for personal care.