Being able to get dressed and undressed every day and looking after one's personal hygiene is important at any age, and for older people it can be a way of maintaining independence at home for as long as possible. We go through the important aspects of dressing and washing, and the products that you can get to help your elderly relative look after themselves.
If you're wondering what kind of help would be best for your relative or friend, our Care advice tool can give you some guidance about housing options, day-to-day living arrangements and how to pay for care.
Use our Care services directory to find care homes and domiciliary care anywhere in the UK. You can also find support groups for people affected by dementia.
In this guide
For older people with disabilities or other dressing difficulties, even small changes to their clothing and wardrobe can make a big difference.
Even familiar routines like brushing one's hair or teeth can become tricky in later life. We show you how to make it easier for your relative.
Slippery floors are a safety hazard, so think about installing grab rails and using slip-resistant mats and flooring. We also look at products to make bathrooms safer and easier to use.
Diane cares for her 88-year-old father, Jim, who has reduced mobility due to a stroke, but is mentally very active.
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Neil’s mother is 90 and suffers from dementia. He finds a number of products help her in her everyday life, especially in the bathroom.
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