Help with Personal Care
The most common things that people get help with are:
- Getting up, washing, dressing and grooming and help with the toilet
- Serving and eating meals and drinks
- 'Transfers' such as getting in and out of bed, on and off a chair or the toilet, or in and out of a bath or shower
- Mobility activities such as managing steps and stairs
- Domestic activities, such as cooking and washing-up afterwards
- Night time routines and going to bed
If you are experiencing difficulty, ask for an assessment.
After your assessment, if it is appropriate and you're eligible, we can arrange for the loan of equipment and/or arrange for adaptations to be done, in order to meet your assessed needs.
There are small gadgets which may assist you to manage some of these activities independently: For example: Long-handled shoe horns, sock/stocking aids, and pick-up sticks (often called "helping hands") can be useful if you have difficulty reaching your feet or picking up items from the floor. Tap-turners, jar-openers, and key-turners can assist if you have poor grip or weak wrist movement.
A number of retailers sell this type of equipment and it can also be bought on the Internet.
The Disabled Living Foundation has a site called "ask Sara" which provides advice and information on managing a wide range of daily living tasks.