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Personal care

Getting dressed

Getting dressed can take longer than normal and can be tiring if your joints are stiff and achey. It's usually easiest to sit down to get dressed, and there are a wide variety of gadgets to help, including:

Dressing stick and sock aid

You can adapt clothes by replacing some fastenings with Velcro. Try placing a zip pull tag, small piece of ribbon or key ring on a zip to hook your finger through.

Personal care

Shaving, brushing your teeth or putting on make-up may make your arms and shoulders ache. Try the following tips:

Hair and grooming

Using a hairdryer or straighteners may be easier if you sit at a table and support your elbow on a pillow or cushion. You could also try 'hands-free' hairdryer holders/stands or a portable hairdryer hood attachment so you don't have to hold the dryer as you style.

Use a lightweight electric razor when shaving.

Brushing your teeth

Use an electric toothbrush or fatten up the grip of your toothbrush by wrapping an elastic band around the handle. A toothpaste squeezer can make it a lot less fiddly to clean your teeth.

Make-up

Choose eyeliner pencils and mascara with chunky grips, or fatten up the grip by wrapping an elastic band around the handle. You can also try this for toothbrushes and make-up brushes.

Use a small make-up sponge to apply face cream if you find it difficult to do with your fingertips. Mounted it on a long handle to improve reach.

If you have trouble opening child-proof containers, your pharmacist can put them in a more suitable container for you.

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