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Getting help with everyday tasks

We describe getting help with everyday tasks as 'personal care'.  This means getting help with your daily routine from when you get 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 a 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.  View the Equipment House for ideas.

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.  Contact your GP for advice.

Personal care assistance if you have sight or hearing loss

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