Unit CU2655 support individuals to maintain personal hygiene
1. Understand the importance of good personal hygiene
1. Explain why personal hygiene is important
Personal hygiene is important to the individual’s health and well-being. Being clean, and having a respectable appearance is important for maintaining older persons self-esteem too. If you are assisting someone with their personal hygiene, it is important to respect that persons privacy and dignity, as well as carrying out personal hygiene tasks in the manner that the individual wishes you too. For example if a person prefers to have a daily bath or shower rather than a wash, it is your responsibility to ensure this happens.
2. Describe the effects of poor personal hygiene on health and well-being
Poor personal hygiene can lead to skin irritations and breaks in the skin (pressure sores) as well as bacterial and parasitic infections, which can have a long term effect on an individuals health if the problem is not treated effectively. It can have an adverse effect on a person’s well-being and self-esteem as they may withdraw from society due to feelings of embarrassment because of bodily odours and unsightly appearance. Individuals can become very isolated and depressed.
2. Be able to support individuals to maintain personal hygiene
2.5 Describe how to maintain dignity of an individual when supporting intimate personal hygiene
To maintain the dignity of an individual when supporting intimate personal hygiene, you need to firstly think about your environment. Ensure that when you are assisting an individual that the room is private and free from intrusion, curtains and doors are closed before you carry out the task and the environment is at an ideal temperature. You need to consider the individual – ensure that you have the correct items for the job have you collected your towels and flannels, have wipes and bags to hand? Finally when assisting an individual – is the water at...