Managing medication, housework and laundry
Help with taking medication
Managing and remembering to take medication is your responsibility however if you feel like you are having difficulties always contact your doctor to let them know as they will be able to discuss ways to help you. The doctor may be able to provide your medicine in a way that makes it easier for you to take, for example as a liquid instead of a tablet or discuss receiving home care services to help.
If you do not have anyone who can help you with taking medication your doctor health services may arrange for a care worker to support you to do this during home visits. However in order for you to receive this support, you would be need to ensure that:
- You have signed a form saying you agree
- Your health or social care worker has said that you need help
- Your care worker has had the proper training
If you don't have a care worker, or you need help at times when your care worker isn't visiting, you should tell your doctor or your nurse so that they can arrange the extra help you need.
Housework and laundry
Being able to clean your home and wash your clothes can become difficult as you get older or if you are living with a physical or health condition. Living in an unclean environment can not only have an impact on health, but can also affect mental wellbeing.
Some things you can do to help with cleaning include:
- Keep your home free from clutter, this will also reduce your risk of falling
- If you are worried about falls, use long handled dusters instead of overreaching or climbing on furniture
- Try using a light weight vacuum cleaner
- Use your Attendance Allowance or Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment to hire a cleaner but be sure to always ask for references.