Principles of Supporting an Individual to Maintain Personal Hygiene (Ld206)

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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. Outcome 2 2.1 Discuss with individual which method of bathing they preferred. The individual i helped assist with her personal hygiene, preferred the use of a shower as she was frightened of slipping and getting stuck in the bath. I then went through her routine, like does she wash herself, does she wash her own hair etc. The individual replied that she doesn’t like having her hair washed because the soap goes into her eyes. I asked how often she has a shower and daily washes and she said she doesn’t like having showers because she has already had one. This individual has demensia and her memory length is 2 minutes before she has forgot what she has said or done. So, the way i addressed the bathing issue was to hold her hand because she gets distressed, reassure her that i will be with her at all times, unless she says otherwise. That she can help prepare getting her clean clothes ready and she can chose her bath soaps and shampoos. Then as im assisting her

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