Support Individuals to Maintain Personal Hygiene.

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Support Individuals to maintain personal hygiene. 1. Understand the importance of personal hygiene. 1.1 Personal hygiene is very important, not just for ourselves but others, maintaining a good personal hygiene is key to combating bacteria and disease. Especially when working in a care environment, as bacteria spreads quickly and very easily, and the elderly are much more vulnerable to illness. 1.2 Not maintaining 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. 2. Be able to support individuals to maintain personal hygiene 2.1 – Support an individual to understand factors that contribute to good personal hygiene 2.2 – Address personal hygiene issues with the individual in a sensitive manner without imposing own values 2.3 – Support the individual to develop awareness of the effects of poor personal hygiene on others 2.4 – Support the preferences and needs of the individual while maintaining their independence 2.5 – Describe how to maintain dignity of an individual when supporting intimate personal hygiene When I help an individual firstly I ensure their safety, then make sure the door is shut and there is the necessary equipment at hand, so that I will not have to rush out of the room and leave them stranded. I also do not discuss the current situation e.g.going to the toilet etc. unnecessarily as this may make them feel uncomfortable, so instead I discuss other things such as any trips they

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