Daily living activities include:
- Shopping and errands
- Meals preparation
- Managing your money
- Housework including cleaning and laundry
- Gardening and home maintenance
There are a number of ways you can continue to carry out these tasks if you start to find them difficult due to illness, frailty or disability:
Help from friends or family members
Consider asking a friend or family member for help. Often people can pick up your shopping when they are doing their own shopping or run your errands when they are out and about.
You can also do your shopping online with a supermarket and other retailers. Some supermarkets offer a telephone shopping service. They will deliver your shopping direct to your door, for a small fee.
Some local shops will also deliver to your home but you would need check with them to find out if they can do this.
Using accessible transport
You can use accessible transport to take you to the post office, bank or shops.
If you are unable to get out to the shops for food but you can use a microwave, there are companies that will deliver frozen ready meals to your door.
Meals at home - suppliers list
You will have to pay for meals that are delivered to you. How much you pay depends on the meal supplier you choose.
Each supplier will provide you with a brochure with all the prices clearly shown to allow you to make an informed choice.
For a list of suppliers that deliver meals to your home click on the link below, enter your postcode and select 20 miles.
With online banking you can:
- set up direct debits to pay your bills
- transfer between accounts
- view your balances and transactions
If you are not able to manage your own financial affairs or make decisions about your support because you lack mental capacity or have a physical disability, someone else can manage your finances for you.
Managing someone else's financial affairsMental capacity
Equipment such as a lighter hoover or long handled dustpan can help make domestic chores easier.
Equipment to help youList of equipment suppliers - click and enter your postcode
If you think you need basic equipment you can purchase these yourself directly from retailers such as local pharmacies, some supermarkets or mobility outlets.
The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) has information and guidance about the type and range of equipment that is available and where to purchase it.
Some agencies can provide people to help you in your home but you will have to pay for this.
CQC website: www.cqc.org.uk CQC website
Remember to choose an agency that is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). You can find a list of registered agencies on the CQC website.
Alternatively you can look for accredited cleaners through Trusted Traders run by Which:
You can use a launderette that arranges for the collection of your laundry and carries out a service wash. You would need to telephone your local launderette to see if they offer this service.
Handyperson services can help with you with a variety of tasks around your home, including:
- Small plumbing jobs – Fitting washing machines, dishwashers, taps etc.
- Small electrical jobs – Putting up light fittings, security lights etc.
- Carpentry jobs – Putting up cupboards, fixing flat-packs, shelving etc.
- Moving furniture around your home
These services are usually charged to customers based on the complexity of the job and the materials required.
For more information on these charges, and how these services can help you remain safe and independent in your own home, please use the following contact details:
Age UK – East London
Telephone Number: 0207 183 2994
Telephone Number: 0207 474 1122
Alternatively you can find a trade or service through the Check a Trade website, who verify and monitor the tradesmen listed. They also have reviews from customers to help you find a suitable trades person.
The Adult Social Care Enablement Service could help you to learn or relearn how to do everyday tasks for yourself.
Find out more about enablement