Looking after yourself

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As you get older, it may become harder to look after yourself on your own. Tasks like preparing meals, getting dressed and showering can become more difficult. If you’re finding yourself unable to do these as easily as you’d like, it could be time to change how things are done.

An occupational therapist can help you identify ways to modify day-to-day tasks, including by using aids and equipment. Using your energy and time efficiently can help you get more out of your day, without feeling tired or overwhelmed.

  • Getting dressed and undressed is easier with the use of dressing aids, which can minimise the need to bend over to put socks and shoes on, fiddle with buttons, or tie shoelaces.
  • A reacher makes it easier to pick up small items and reduces the need to bend or lean over to grab things.
  • Using a shower chair or stool with a handheld shower hose not only helps you save energy while bathing but can also reduce the risk of slipping. You can even sit on the chair to dry off and get dressed.
  • Modified kitchen equipment makes it easier to prepare food. Automatic can openers, silicone jar openers, tap mounts and kettle tippers reduce hand and wrist strain.
  • Cutlery with large, soft handles can be easier to hold. Angled heads make bringing food up your mouth more comfortable.