Washing

If hot baths make you ill, try one at body temperature. Grab rails can be fitted next to the bath, shower or toilet, or in other places where they might be useful. Consider getting a non-slip shower or bath mat.

A seat for the bath or shower can save a lot of energy even if you are able to stand to wash. There are various types such as a simple four-legged stool, wall-mounted folding seats, or a seat that goes across the bath (ask an Occupational Therapist). An extra wall- fitting for the showerhead could be positioned lower down for a seated position. Have a stool by the basin as well. If there is room, a castor chair can be wheeled up to the basin to save lifting (Wheelchairs). Sit down when drying yourself, brushing teeth, or having a wash.

A shower robe may enable you to get warm and have a rest before getting dressed and saves energy on drying, or wrap yourself in a big bath towel or two. Towels or clothes can be warmed on a radiator or in a tumble drier. If you are too ill for a bath or shower, try having a wash in bed with or without assistance. It may be worth washing only one part of your body per session. Plastic bidets can be obtained which fit onto the toilet

Balls of soft mesh are available from chemists (known as ‘puffs’ or ‘body polishing sponges’). These lather up soap more easily, thus reducing the energy needed to wash. A particularly good type is the ‘Ulay puff’. A flannel mitt (or two face cloths sewn together) will help stop you dropping a face cloth.

If you can’t wash every day, shaving armpits every week or two reduces body odour. You can wash hands in bed with no-water hand wash or vodka. Baby wipes can be used for keeping hands and body clean. Take care with new products if you have chemical sensitivities. If you find a bath relaxing, the evening can be a good time to have one, to help you unwind before settling to sleep.

Chemical Sensitivities : Hair : Teeth : Toilet