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Self-care is a personal choice in health maintenance; it is the extent to which an individual, family or community engages in any activity with the intention of improving health, preventing disease, managing conditions, and restoring health. It is helped by processes of personal development and empowerment and the development of self-managementskills. Self-care skills are best seen as a sub set of life skills

Encompassing a broad spectrum of behaviour, self-care includes all health decisions consumers make for themselves and their families to maintain a good level of physical and mental health. The ICF list includes:

  • Self-care
    • d510 Washing oneself
      • d5100 Washing body parts
      • d5101 Washing whole body
      • d5102 Drying oneself
      • d5108 Washing oneself, other specified
      • d5109 Washing oneself, unspecified

    • d520 Caring for body parts
      • d5200 Caring for skin
      • d5201 Caring for teeth - Oral hygiene
      • d5202 Caring for hair
      • d5203 Caring for fingernails
      • d5204 Caring for toenails
      • d5208 Caring for body parts, other specified
      • d5209 Caring for body parts, unspecified

    • d530 Toileting
      • d5300 Regulating urination
      • d5301 Regulating defecation
      • d5302 Menstrual care
      • d5308 Toileting, other specified
      • d5309 Toileting, unspecified
    • d540 Dressing
      • d5400 Putting on clothes
      • d5401 Taking off clothes
      • d5402 Putting on footwear
      • d5403 Taking off footwear
      • d5404 Choosing appropriate clothing
      • d5408 Dressing, other specified
      • d5409 Dressing, unspecified

    • d570 Looking after one's health
      • d5700 Ensuring one's physical comfort
      • d5701 Managing diet and fitness
      • d5702 Maintaining one's health
      • d5708 Looking after one's health, other specified
      • d5709 Looking after one's health, unspecified
    • d598 Self-care, other specified
    • d599 Self-care, unspecified

Assessment of self-care[edit | edit source]

There are a number of measures for monitoring the ability of people to perform self-care tasks.

Self care support[edit | edit source]

Self care support can include:

With older adult[edit | edit source]

Main article: Self-care - Assessment tools

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