A few simple processes and assistive products will make essential everyday bathroom tasks easier. You can see some suggestions to help you in the bathroom below.
Group items for the same task together so that you have everything you need. Try laying out your towel, clothes and any products you need next to you on a chair or dry surface. Having a sturdy chair in the bathroom to sit on for drying and dressing takes the strain off your body and allows you to take your time.
Products with long handles make it easier to reach your lower body, back and hair, while a magnifying mirror makes it easier to shave or put your make up on. Foam tubing or non-slip handles make items easier to hold and maneuver. Try using a tube squeezer to help get toothpaste onto your toothbrush.
Sitting down saves you lots of energy and makes it easier to reach your lower legs and feet. Try washing your upper body first and then your lower body using products with long handles to help you.
Washing and drying feet and toes
Using brushes, sponges and toe washers with long handles reduces the need to bend to reach your feet. Have loops or soft handles sewn onto towels to help grip the towel when drying and use a clean, dry toe washer to dry your feet. Alternatively, wrap a towel around a dressing stick with a long handle.
Putting socks, stockings and shoes on
Try sitting down to dry yourself and get dressed and use a foot stool to help you reach your feet. If reaching your feet is difficult, using equipment with a long handle like shoe horns, sock or stocking aids and dressing sticks can make it much easier. You might like to consider shoes with Velcro straps or elastic laces instead of having to tie your laces.
Using zips, buttons and clasps
If you find pulling up zippers or doing up buttons fiddly, try using a button hook or zip puller loop instead. This can also help keep zips up by hooking the loop over a top button. Make sure to dress a weak or painful arm or leg first for less discomfort.
Suction nail clippers hold themselves in place to make one handed cutting easier. Modified large nail clippers will also help you see what you’re doing.
Find medication organisers at your local pharmacy. Most organisers carry up to four pills per day. Pill crushers or splitters help you take the correct dosage so that you feel your best. You can set up a pill reminder alarm on your mobile or leave an alarm next to your pill organiser.
Administer eye drops easily
There are lots of handy tools to help make sure you can administer medications correctly. Ask your pharmacist for an eye drop guide or other solutions if you struggle to apply medicine.