Principles of Supporting an Individual to Maintain Personal Hygiene

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Unit 4222-249 Principles of supporting an individual to maintain personal hygiene Outcome 1: Understand the importance of good personal hygiene 1:1 Explain why personal hygiene is important Personal hygiene means the cleaning and grooming of the external body to make sure the skin, nails and hair are in a good condition. This is done to keep the body and hair clean and free from infections. Through eating, drinking, coughing, sneezing, sweating and elimination of urine and excrement the body needs cleaning to prevent infection, discomfort and odours. From maintaining a high standard of personal hygiene an individual feels clean, presentable and comfortable. Through looking presentable and feeling clean an individual’s self esteem and…show more content…
2:3 Describe how to support an individual to develop and improve personal hygiene routines. Whilst assisting an individual with their personal hygiene I try to be sensitive and avoid personal remarks. I listen to the individual about how they like things to be done and take into account their wishes and choices. I speak in a way the individual understands and give them time to answer and talk. I try to provide the individual with information about what may happen if they do not way, however I do this in a calm and sensitive way. I am aware that the individual has the right to refuse to carry out personal care but it is my job to ensure they understand what the consequences could be. I ensure everything is written factually and legibly in the individuals care plan. Outcome 3: Know how to support an individual to maintain personal hygiene 3:1 Identify factors that contribute to good personal hygiene There are many ways of maintaining good personal hygiene, as a carer I have a duty to encourage individuals to keep clean. Having a daily shower or wash helps get rid of any dead skin and micro organisms living there. Applying moisturiser to the skin helps keep it healthy and soft. It is important to wash hair regularly to keep it healthy and to keep the scalp clean. Changing clothes and washing clothes regularly is important and it stops any germs being passed on, also, it makes the individual feel
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