Unit 4222-249 Essay

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Unit 4222-249 Principles of supporting an individual to maintain personal hygiene 1. Understand the importance of good personal hygiene 2.1 Explain why personal hygiene is important Good personal hygiene not only enhances our appearance, its importance is directly related to preventing infections, diseases, and keeps us free from unpleasant odors. Practicing proper hygiene is important to our mental health and helps us feel better about ourselves. Keeping a good personal hygiene also helps keep those we care about healthy and safe. 2.2 Describe the effects of poor personal hygiene on health and well-being By skipping daily hygiene practices there is a greater risk of becoming victim to infectious diseases. Poor personal hygiene is a way of broadcasting to people how you feel—it shows low self-esteem, lack of confidence or a state of depression. Also poor personal hygiene may put others around you in danger by exposing them to the risk of infection. 2. Know how to encourage an individual to maintain personal hygiene 3.3 Explain how to address personal hygiene issues with an individual in a sensitive manner without imposing own values When looking at an individual’s personal hygiene problems we need to ensure that we are not measuring them against our own standards. We need to identify if there is a reason for the issue not being addressed before, if this is a new problem or whether there is a history of poor personal hygiene. By exploring the reasons we may find the solution. 3.4 Describe how to make an individual aware of the effects of poor hygiene on others A conversation about personal hygiene can be uncomfortable for us and the resident but it doesn't need to be. With some preparation and a few helpful props, we can talk to someone about personal hygiene and help him implement improvements. Begin the
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