It’s frustrating if a mobility or balance problem makes it difficult for you to get dressed and undressed.
There are a range of ways to get support with this, including equipment, specialist adapted clothing or having somebody come into your home to help.
You may be having difficulty keeping your clothes clean because of a physical or mental health problem. This section also has information about keeping clothes laundered and fresh.
There is equipment available to help you deal with dressing challenges like putting on socks or doing up buttons or zips. An Independent Living Centre occupational therapist can talk to you about your needs and help you find the best solution.
Our equipment advice website www.equipmentadvicedevon.org.uk also contains information and advice about a whole range of equipment available to help you stay safe and independent at home.
There are lots of companies selling specialist and adaptive clothing which can make getting dressed and undressed much simpler. There is a lot of choice of smart and attractive clothes with clever adaptations. An Independent Living Centre occupational therapist can talk to you about your needs and help you find the best solution.
You may need, or prefer, to have someone come to your home to help you get dressed. This may be a good option if you need help with a range of tasks like washing and going to the toilet as well. You can search online for local care agencies at www.pinpointdevon.co.uk. We recommend that you contact a couple of agencies to find one that suits your needs and budget. An alternative to a care agency is a Personal Assistant and you can find one or advertise for one on the Pinpoint PA Network.
You may also want to read some information from Age UK about organising and paying for personal care at home www.ageuk.org.uk/home-and-care/help-at-home.
Several laundrettes in Devon offer a collection and drop-off service which means you can have your clothes washed and dried without leaving home. Find your local service at devon.cc/laundrettes.
Mental health support
Struggling to keep your clothes, yourself or your home clean can be a sign of a mental health problem. If you think that you might need help, speak to your GP, or contact the Devon Depression and Anxiety Service. Visit www.dpt.nhs.uk/our-services/depression-and-anxiety-das to find out more and make an online referral.