Physical factors affecting quality of life

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  • Created by: Lois
  • Created on: 18-04-13 16:21
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  • Physical
    • Exercise
      • Exercise has long-term benefits and most people feel better after taking exercise.
      • Different age groups need different types of exercise to improve their quality of life.
    • Diet
      • The amount and types of foods an individual eats can affect their quality of life, particularly if they have a condition such as diabetes or high cholesterol.
      • Balanced diet consisting of varied and appetizing food can contribute to a good quality of life by improving health and well-being.
    • Physical comfort
      • The provision of a suitable environment which meets an individuals needs.
      • Providing the care required to maintain comfort.
      • having correct height furniture .
      • changing a baby's nappy regularly to prevent nappy rash and being uncomfortable.
      • Moving a bedridden individual regularly to prevent soreness.
    • Safety
      • An individuals quality of life can be improved by preventing the risk of injury, harm and infection.
        • Using specialist equipment.
        • Staff training.
        • Safety locks/buzzers on external doors.
        • Staff reporting methods.
    • Hygiene
      • Refers to cleanliness and to use precautions to guard against infection and prevent unnecessary disease or illness.
      • Examples
        • In a nursery: toys should be washed/sterilized regularly.
        • In a hospital: alcohol gel may be used by both staff and visitors.
        • In all care settings: laws relating to food preparation and food safety guidelines must be followed; staff receive basic food hygiene training.
    • Pain relief
      • Provision to the number of ways to ensure individuals are free from pain. If the pain is not controlled it can have a negative effect on a person's quality of life.
      • Pain relief may be given by the use of prescribed pain-relieving medication or by techniques like massage and TENS machines.


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