Infrequent washing of the hair and face can lead to build up that triggers acne breakouts and skin infections like impetigo. Poor personal hygiene can be a sign of a mental health issue, or low self esteem, leading to isolation. Poor hygiene can be a red flag for a major depressive disorder. It is not always major psychological disorders that cause poor hygiene; sometimes social isolation and poor self-esteem can contribute to lack of interest in
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.
Self-harm has many long term affects which can be very serious. If a person is misusing substances, they may become dependent on it, and suffer symptoms when they do not take any of the substance. It may also affect an adult’s mental health, leaving psychological and emotional scars, because they have felt so worthless and poorly of themselves that they will always carry this memory with them. If the adult was cutting themselves or burning themselves, they will carry scars from this. These scars may lower self-esteem in the long term as the individual may feel ashamed, also other people may see these scars causing embarrassment or bringing up bad memories so they can never forget.
Unit 86 – Maintain Personal Hygiene 1.1 Explain why personal hygiene is important Maintaining personal hygiene is of key importance for many reasons; personal, social, health, psychological or simply as a way of life. Keeping a good standard of hygiene helps to prevent the development and spread of infections, illnesses and bad odours. Poor hygiene can also have a negative impact on an individuals social life as friends and family with notice your appearance or odour for example and as a result wont want to bother with you. 1.2 Describe the effects of poor hygiene on health and wellbeing Poor hygiene can have a range effects on your health and wellbeing, for example; A build up of sweat and bacteria will cause body odour or B.O. which is probably the most common effect of poor hygiene.
This, in turn, raises self esteem and confidence. So not only does an individual look and smell healthier they will feel healthier as well. Poor personal hygiene can lead to illness and in the worst case scenario, even death. Death is obviously highly unlikely, however it is not impossible. Poor personal hygiene can begin to be rectified with something simple like taking a bath or a thorough wash.
Poor hygiene may lead to social difficulties and isolation. All these aspects are affecting individual’s well-being and breaking down their mental health and leading to developing of mental illnesses. When is personal hygiene not maintained, individual’s physical health deteriorate by having skin problems, infections, dental diseases, increasing likelihood of contracting contagious illnesses Outcome 3 Understand when poor hygiene may be an indicator of other underlying personal issues The learner can: identify underlying personal issues that may be a cause of poor personal hygiene Failure to brush and floss, failure to use soap and shampoo, failure to use deodorant, failure to change clothes regularly, drug use,
This may be another member of staff or a family member. Some service users may have a poor personal hygiene due to personal issues. Such as being embarrassed about letting someone help them. It could also be because someone doesn’t have the mental ability to understand the importance of personal hygiene. There are also other factors such as depression that could determine an individual’s choice.
1.1 Continence is the voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge. Some individuals in the care home or any other health care setting find it difficult to manage continence and therefore express urine on themselves. Whilst this can be depressing for them, they have no control over their discharge because they are either weak or unable to hold it in for too long or suffer from a particular condition that does not allow them to be aware of it. This can affect the self esteem of an individual negatively. It might also mean that they cannot perform their daily activities in the health care setting.
You may also see cuts on an individual from self harming, inappropriate sexual behaviour and could lead to repeated urinary infections. There could also be signs of depression, loss of self esteem and self confidence, withdrawn from things and a loss of interest, insecurity and not being able to trust people as a result of financial abuse. Unkempt appearance, loss of weight, dehydration and not looking presentable can be forms of neglect. 1.3 There are factors contributing to an individual being more vulnerable to abuse the individuals age could be a factor if they are elderly or a young person and they cannot
3.) Not storing or handling, food correctly could cause bacteria to grow which could cause food to turn mouldy, Also not cooking food correctly could cause bacteria and infections like E-coli or salmonella this could cause illness to people if consumed. Potential Accidents 1.) A patient spilling a hot drink onto their selves could cause an accidental injury such as scalding or burning, this could cause the patient a lot of pain and discomfort and this would then need treatment. 2.)