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Help with personal care and hygiene

There are many different things that can stop you looking after your personal care and hygiene.

For example, you may have difficulties with:

  • Washing yourself - eg you can't reach your hair
  • Continence issues

You may need support to keep looking after your personal care and hygiene on your own. For example, aids and adaptations for your home can help you. But also looking at alternative techniques. For example, getting into the bath differently or how you get dressed.

If you have explored these options and still need help, you may need help from an occupational therapist or relevant professional.

Keeping clean and using the toilet

AskSARA can help with small aids for:

  • Bathing
  • Using the toilet
  • General personal care - such as applying lotions or cleaning difficult to reach areas

Citizens Advice Norfolk help people in Norfolk to find grants to support their needs. So you could get help to buy the equipment you need.

Some charities like Turn2Us may also offer grants toward small adaptations.

You may need to make changes to your home to make it easier to look after your personal hygiene.

Getting dressed

Living made easy have information on putting on and taking off your clothes and footwear.

AskSARA have information on clothes, shoes and dressing.

Specialist clothing

Some people struggle to find clothing from mainstream providers. For example, this could be because they have mobility or learning difficulties.

Clothing solutions provide altered clothing to suit an individual's needs.

You can choose clothing that suits your body shape and personal tastes, such as fabric and colour.

Getting your haircut

You can find a mobile hairdresser if it's more difficult to leave your home for a haircut. They will come to your home to cut your hair.

Looking after your feet

Looking after your feet is important especially for foot health and walking.

Cutting your nails is particularly important if you have diabetes.

Find a podiatrist to help you cut your nails.

Continence issues

The continence service in Norfolk helps adults with continence issues. It tells you how to get referred.

The NHS has a list of incontinence products that may help you.

You can loan equipment from Red Cross for short periods of time. For example, they can loan you toilet aids.

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