Support individuals to maintain personal hygiene
1.1 explain why personal care is important-
Good personal hygiene is important in many ways to individuals. The main reason is regarding the health and wellbeing. We can maintain good personal hygiene by showering regular, washing hair and using anti-perspirant deodorants can all help kill harmful bacteria’s that could lead to health risks and illnesses. These products also prevent odour build up, that can lead to unpleasant smells. These may in turn impact on the individuals lives.
1.2 Describe the effects of poor personal hygiene on health and well-being. There are many effects that can come from not maintaining good standards of hygiene. Hair can become greasy, skin can appear porous and dry, and bodily odours can start to arise. These are caused from a build-up of sweat from the glands within the skin which can lead to an increase in ...view middle of the document...
Not washing your hands with soap and water on a regular basis throughout the day could greatly increase the risk of an individual contract a number of illnesses such as the common cold, influenza and Salmonella.
2.5 describe how to maintain dignity of an individual when supporting intimate personal hygiene.
Maintaining dignity when assisting with personal care I always make sure doors, windows and curtains are closed. I always try to stand behind them where possible, or keep body parts covered whilst washing other parts. I always talk about other things then personal care. I always make sure they are ready to leave the room and make sure nobody one walks in whilst they are receiving personal care
2.6 Identify risks to own health in supporting an individual with personal hygiene routines
Always wear PPE to avoid potential risks such as gloves as you will come into contact with bodily fluids i.e. false teeth. Disposing of pads into correct coloured bags so not to spread infection. Soiled clothes also need to go into the correct colour bags. Make sure you wash hands before and after dealings with clients. Use alcohol sanitiser.
2.8 Identify others who may be involved in supporting the individual to maintain personal hygiene
Others may be – other staff, client family, occupational therapists, doctors, nurses, key workers, client partner, social workers.
3.1 Identify underlying personal issues that may be a cause of poor personal hygiene
There are many conditions that can affect the way in which personal hygiene is maintained. These can be physical, psychological, social or as a result of a period in hospital. Poor personal hygiene can result in a risk of infection and illnesses and also cause many social issues to arise as a result of odours and appearance.
3.2 Describe how underlying personal issues might be addressed
I would discuss with them in a gentle manner and record their response and also report it to the line manager who can contact the individuals’ social worker. For example, Mr B. is happy to let a male carer to assist him with a shower but if a female carer turns up, then he would send her away immediately.