Unit Ld 206c

Unit LD 206C Support individuals to maintain personal hygiene.

Outcome 1 Understand the importance of good personal hygiene.

1. Explain why personal hygiene is important.

Maintaining personal hygiene is necessary 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.

2. Describe the effects of poor personal hygiene on health and well-being.

Apart from the social impact of poor personal hygiene and being isolated among friends and families, there is also the medical consequences that need to be taken into consideration. Poor personal hygiene can lead to skin infections with bacteria and fungi and parasitic infestations of the skin and hair. This can be transmitted to others in close contact with the person. The consequences are not isolated to the outside of the body. Unclean hands, utensils and crockery can increase the chances of diseases like gastroenteritis and food poisoning. Sometimes these infections may spread internally thereby affecting various other organs and even progressing to conditions like septicaemia (blood poisoning) in a person with a weakened immune system. In this regard, poor personal hygiene is potentially fatal and needs to be attended to as soon as possible.

Outcome 2 Support individuals to maintain personal hygiene.

5. Describe how to maintain dignity of an individual when supporting intimate personal hygiene.

Starting with a safe place and talking to the individual about what they want or need to be assisted with personal hygiene, taking care to stay within the boundaries set up in their individual care plans. Talking about what is going to happen and making sure they understand and are comfortable with what has been said and what will be happening. Making sure they have everything they need before you start so not to interrupt the process causing distress....