If you find dressing difficult, there are a number of things you can try to remain independent with dressing. Choosing appropriate styles and fabrics, adapted clothing as well as using special techniques or equipment can all help to make dressing easier.
If you are having difficulty getting in and out of a bath, standing in or using a shower and standing at the basin, there are a few things that you can do yourself:
If you are unable to have a bath in your own home, there may be an assisted bathing facility or service near you. Assisted bathrooms are equipped so that people with mobility issues are able to enjoy a bath in a safe, relaxing and homely environment. Age Concern Hampshire keeps a list of assisted bathing services in Hampshire.
Toileting is a function that most people take for granted and if assistance is required it can cause distress.
Here are some things you can try:
See our section on Buying help at home for information about paying for help with your personal care in your own home.
If you need someone else to assist you with your personal care, you may be eligible for help from Hampshire County Council’s Adult Services department. You may have to pay for some or all of any care which is arranged.
Keeping warm helps prevent conditions such as hypothermia, bronchitis, chest infections and pneumonia. Those at particular risk include vulnerable people, such as the elderly, families on low income and people with long term medical conditions.
If you are struggling with your winter fuel costs speak to your energy provider, who should be able to offer you a standard monthly direct debit charge to enable you to spread the cost of your energy over the year with fixed regular payments.
Most people aged 62 and over qualify for a Winter Fuel Payment made every November to December.
You may also be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment for each week of very cold weather in your area if you certain benefits.
You might be able to get help for energy-saving improvements to your home, under the Affordable Warmth scheme, if you’re on certain benefits and own or privately rent your home.
If you are a pensioner, have a disability, are chronically sick or are hearing and/or visually impaired, your energy provider has an obligation to provide a range of free services, designed to make your life easier. You should contact your provider to find out what is available.
More information is available about the Priority Services Register from the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Good food is essential for good health, whatever age you are. Eating a balanced diet will not only keep you healthy but also reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
Age UK have produced a Healthy eating guide which can be printed off. You can also find out more about healthy eating on the NHS website and visit change4life to get ideas aimed at helping you to lead a healthier life.
Losing weight is not a natural part of getting older and undernutrition can lead to illness. If you, or someone you are caring for, is losing weight and you are concerned, you should speak to your GP. Your local pharmacist may also be able to give you some advice.
BAPEN have developed a simple online self-screening tool you can use along with advice to follow if you are at risk of becoming malnourished. They also have information and advice about nutrition including a printable Guide to making the most of your food with simple tips on how to get the most nutrition from the food you are eating.
If you find it difficult to get out to do your own food shopping, most of the major supermarkets will now deliver to your door. You can order your food online and pick a delivery slot.
There are a number of meal delivery services or restaurants who will deliver fresh or frozen meals to your door. You can search for meals delivery services in the Home Services directory Elderly Accommodation Counsel website or call their advice line on 0800 377 7070.
Anyone living in the Hampshire County Council area, over the age of 55 years, can choose to receive Meals on Wheels if they meet at least one of the following criteria:
Two course meals can be delivered 365 days of the year. The meals are delivered in an agreed regular slot between 11.15 - 2pm each day and the subsidised cost for each two course meal will be £4.67 from April 1 st 2018. Or you can choose an Afternoon Tea for £3.25. For more information about the service, telephone Apetito on 01962 779338 or visit the Meals on Wheels web page.
Falls are not a normal part of getting older, they are a sign of an underlying problem and you should always speak to your doctor or a health professional if you are having frequent falls.
Read more information about preventing falls as well as other health and wellbeing advice.
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