Bathing and personal care
Anyone experiencing muscle weakness may find aspects of personal care very tiring, such as bathing, showering and using the toilet.
There are aids and equipment that can help. An occupational therapist (OT) can assess your needs and advise on available items and providers.
You may need a community assessment by social services to determine your wider needs if you wish to access care services. Contact your local authority or council to ask for an appointment if you have not already been referred for an assessment. It is worth doing this as soon as possible after diagnosis, as MND is progressive. Planning ahead can avoid delays when you do need additional support.
Information for download
You may find the following publications helpful:
- »Information sheet 12 - Oral hygiene (151kb)
Suggestions on how to maintain oral hygiene with MND.
- »Living with motor neurone disease (1188kb)
Our main guide for people with MND, providing an overview of the disease and how to manage its impact. This can be downloaded or ordered as a printed pack with additional items from our helpline, MND Connect. The guide has been developed to help people with MND achieve the best possible quality of life from diagnosis onwards. It includes top tips, directions to further information and details about accessing support services. (Code: LW002)