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Tips on personal care

I bought a bath step which has been a great help getting in and out of the bath/shower! I could just about manage before but having it makes me realise how much easier I can make life if I give in and buy things to help me, as I’ve been too proud until recently.

It's just a blue and white plastic step from Argos but they're anti-slip and stackable to increase the height. They're broad, so feel very safe.
Amy, via Facebook (Winter 2017)

Replace your bath with a walk-in shower, which also makes hair washing much easier. For days when this is too much, try wet wipes – there are various types make-up ones for face, baby wipes for delicate areas and antibacterial hand wipes.
Angie, via Facebook (Winter 2017)

Alternatives to heavy towels 

If, like me, you find a bath towel too heavy and awkward to handle after a bath or shower, why not use a dry face flannel to absorb most of the water and then finish off with a smaller towel?  It makes such a difference (and no heavy wet towels in the laundry either!)
Mrs R, Gateshead (Summer 2014)

Re. difficulties on towel drying after bath/shower (Arthritis Today Summer 2014), as I cannot bend I use a micro-fibre radiator brush (available from Lakeland) to dry my legs from a sitting position and I also use micro-fibre mittens on each hand to avoid heavy towels. They are marketed for use for quick hair drying and are advertised in various magazines.
Gwen, Cleethorpes(Winter 2015)

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