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Shaving (England) Policy

Policy Statement

This policy sets out how this care service (care home or domiciliary care) addresses a specific aspect of personal care, ie shaving, meaning the removal of unwanted facial and bodily hair.

It is in line with other personal care policies, including that on intimate personal care and with the service’s requirements to provide person-centred respectful, dignified care under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.

The policy applies to the occasions when care and support staff help people with their shaving routines. It applies to both men and women, who need or ask for help with unwanted hair removal. Such help will be given only when requested, agreed to and included in a person’s care plan.

For Transgender (trans) people, shaving may be a very sensitive personal issue. Trans women often have to deal with facial hair unless they have undergone permanent hair removal treatments. Non-binary and gender non-conforming people might feel as if facial hair is an unwelcome sign of masculinity, so a sensitive approach and discussion with the person as to their needs and preferences is needed.

Like other acts of personal care, the shaving policy must conform to established care standards of care practice. Help with shaving:

Procedures

General

Staff involved should always:

The equipment and accessories to be used should belong to the person, eg disposable or electric razor, after-shave lotion, etc. Items should not as a rule be shared on hygiene grounds.

Specific

Wet shaving

A model procedure is as follows (though these could vary).

  1. Have all the necessary equipment set out in advance, eg warm basin of water, shaving cream or foam (in line with individual choices), an appropriate disposable safety razor (only to be used on this person), washcloth, face towel and tissues, mirror, after-shave lotion, and face powder (as required by the person).
  2. Use the appropriate protective equipment, eg apron and gloves.
  3. Begin by checking with the person what has been agreed and the proposed procedure.
  4. Have the person sitting up comfortably in sufficient light.
  5. Wet the face with warm water and flannel.
  6. Apply shaving soap, cream or foam as appropriate.
  7. Starting at one side, holding cheek, shave downwards from cheek, and again from the other side before central areas, taking great care with sensitive areas.
  8. Shave upwards from underneath the chin.
  9. Explain and check at each stage with the person that they are ok with what is being done.
  10. When finished, wipe off any remaining cream and apply after shave or powder as requested.

Electric shaving

  1. Follow the general process outlined above.
  2. Soften the beard by lightly washing with a flannel or lotion first if necessary.
  3. When using an electric razor follow the maker‚Äôs instructions ‚ÄĒ usually using a circular motion with rotary blades systematically working around the beard and under the chin.
  4. Apply after shave as required.

Note:

Staff must not use an electric razor with people receiving oxygen because of the ignition risks.

Other parts of the body

Training

Staff providing help with shaving will receive the appropriate training, practice and supervision before they are allowed to use any of the above procedures on their own.


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