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Enable clients to maintain their personal hygiene and appearance

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UNIT Z9 Enable clients to maintain their personal hygiene and appearance Assignment 1 Why is it important to discuss with the client the level of support they require using language the client is familiar with? It is vitally important that the use of the clients' familiar language is discussed. Assistance, a translator, or a member of staff speaking the clients desired language should be provided at all times, or to the best availability. This will enhance the care of the client. It is also important to ensure that simple medical terminology is used with clients so that they understand exactly the condition, diagnosis and procedure and make sure that no medical jargon is used with the clients. Describe good hygiene practices; particularly in relation to mouth care, nail care and care of hair To practice good hygiene and care is not to expose too much of the patient at any one time. Always maintain the dignity of the patient and privacy at all times. Exposure should be prevented or clients will become cold. Mouth care is extremely important for everyone as bacteria will multiply in a mouth that is not properly cleaned and this could lead to infections and mouth disease. The mouth is kept clean by using a pink sponge stick dipped in mouthwash solution. Care should be taken to clean inside of the cheeks and also the tongue as this can refresh the patients, mouth. ...read more.

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If the client reports pain in the chest this may indicate that they need urgent medical assistance for cardiology treatment. Discomfort in bed may be another source of pain, which should be reported. Describe what you understand by the terms 'prosthesis' and 'orthoses' and how would the care you give differ for a patient with either a prosthesis or orthoses? Prosthesis is the name given for any artificial device that is attached to the body as a substitute for a missing part. It includes artificial limbs, hearing aids, dentures, and implanted pacemaker. An orthoses is a surgical appliance that exerts external forces on part of the body to correct deformity. The care differs slightly, by that some things would have to be done in a different way to the usual way. There are many accessories that can help, benefit the clients care. What conflicts might arise between the workers personal beliefs and the client's choice and how can these be controlled? Conflicts can arise between the worker's personal beliefs and the client's choice when a worker discusses with the client the best possible way to give medical care, and the client disagrees with these suggestions and procedure. The client's choice must be adhered to and care must be adjusted to suit the client. There are many conflicts that might arise; some are how and when the client wants to do something. ...read more.

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This shows a good example to the clients. Why should the client's toiletries be individual to them and not shared? All clients' toiletries should be individual and not shared in order to prevent the risk of cross-infection from one patient to another. It is also important that clients are using toiletries, such as flannels and towels, of their own choice. Client's toiletries should be kept in their own lockers at all times. Also the client feeling of privacy, individuality is kept by them having their own toiletries. How does the hospital environment affect a patient's choice regarding available clothing/toiletries? When clients have to need an intravenous drip, the patient's choice of clothing is limited. It is very difficult for the client to wear a long sleeved garment and preferably a short-sleeved garment should be worn or a very loose garment. Slippers must be worn on the ward, to prevent infections. After surgery the use of heavy scented toiletries should be not used in order to avoid risk of infection to the wound. There are many things that affect the patient's choice, but there are things that have been adapted to help the individual choice in regarding clothing/toiletries. For example Mrs P can't bend over to put her tight on after an operation there are many accessories that can help her that is a tight aid. For the client to be comfortable, and have pleasant surroundings and wearing familiar clothing is a great benefit for their recovery. 1 ...read more.

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