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Daily living activities

Daily living activities include:

  1. Shopping and errands
  2. Meals preparation
  3. Managing your money
  4. Housework including cleaning and laundry
  5. 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:

1. Shopping and Errands

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.

Online shopping

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.


2. Meals at home

Frozen meals

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.

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.

Meals at home - suppliers list

3. Managing your money

Online banking

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 affairs

Mental capacity

4. Housework

Equipment such as a lighter hoover or long handled dustpan can help make domestic chores easier.

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.

Equipment to help you

List of equipment suppliers - click and enter your postcode


Some agencies can provide people to help you in your home but you will have to pay for this.

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.

CQC website:

CQC website

Email CQC

Alternatively you can look for accredited cleaners through Trusted Traders run by Which:

Trusted Traders


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.

5. Gardening and home maintenance

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

Helping Hands

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.

Support to regain your independence

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​​​​