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Personal care in the home - getting help with everyday tasks

Personal care means getting help with your daily routine from getting up in the morning through to going to bed at night.

There are ways to make personal care tasks easier to manage.

Dressing and undressing

You can make dressing and undressing easier by:

  • choosing knitted, jersey or silky fabrics which are easy to get on and off
  • using elasticated waistbands - these are easier to manage than other fastenings
  • choosing clothes and underwear that fasten at the front
  • adapting your clothes such as swapping to Velcro or magnetic fastenings instead of buttons or zips

Washing, showering and bathing

To stay safe while washing you should:

  • use a non-slip mat in the shower or bath
  • keep the bathroom floor dry to avoid slips and falls
  • keep items you need within easy reach
  • take your time and don't rush

Independent Living Centres have washing, bathing and showering aids and other personal care products. Staff are available to help you choose the right equipment.

Adapting your home, for example installing ramps and rails, may make tasks easier to manage.

Using the toilet

There are some things you can do to avoid a fall when visiting the toilet. You should:

  • make sure the way to the toilet is well lit
  • consider using a commode at night
  • use a grab rail to hold onto when getting up from the toilet: a walking frame can easily tip over

Equipment is available that can help you to carry out personal care tasks such as using the toilet.

Adapting your home, for example installing ramps and rails, may make tasks easier to manage.

Incontinence

If you have incontinence, don't be embarrassed about getting medical help. The symptoms can be improved, and sometimes cured, with simple methods.

Food shopping and cooking

Special equipment may help if you find it difficult to prepare or cook meals, or find eating and drinking hard.

Independent Living Centres can advise you if you are not sure what equipment to choose. Some items of equipment can even be borrowed for free, to try at home.

You can get help with shopping  and even get meals delivered to your home.

Sight and hearing loss

If you have sight or hearing loss there is equipment and a range of services available to help with your personal care.

Pet care

The Cinnamon Trust may be able to help if you are struggling to look after your pets and you don't have anyone who can help to care for them.

Volunteers from the Cinnamon Trust may be able to walk your dog. Contact them on their website or telephone 01736 757900

Some home care providers can also help to look after your pets and walk your dog, as well as helping you with personal care. 

Find a home care provider

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