Principles of supporting an individual to maintain personal hygiene 1.1 Explain why personal hygiene is important?
Personal hygiene is important for making you feel good, clean and comfortable, by following good personal hygiene it helps to eliminate a reduction of body odour which can be unpleasant for the person and others around them. Personal hygiene makes you have feelings of self-worth and can make you feel valued. By following this it can help prevent infections from forming on to the skin. Good personal hygiene can help someone’s personal appearance and make them feel more confident.
1.2 Describe the effects of poor personal hygiene on health and well-being?
Not maintaining own personal hygiene can make the person’s skin to break down; this can cause potential sores and can lead to infections and pain for the person. By not maintaining personal hygiene can affect a person’s mental health and can lead to insecurities and a loss in their confidence. People could be bullied for smelling bad and not looking after their appearance.
Emotional well-being is affected with the individual not feeling good in their own self, their physical well-being if their health deteriorates and their social well-being as the individual may have body odour which might make others to find it unpleasant and they may not want to be around them.
By not following personal hygiene there could be signs of tooth decay due to lack of brushing their teeth, fungal conditions or infections due to lack of having a shower/bath.
2.1 Explain how to address personal hygiene issues with an individual in a sensitive manner without imposing own values?
By communicating with the service user to find out their personal needs, preferences or choices when it comes to personal hygiene in private. Ask them what they can manage their self without help, what assistance they need because they cannot physically manage them their self, do they need prompts to remind...
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