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Managing everyday activities

Te whakahaere i ngā hohenga o ia rā

Doing everyday activities can be good for you both physically and psychologically, even if they're challenging. If some tasks have become too hard though, it's OK to ask for help.

You can delegate tasks to others, especially if they're particularly difficult for you to do. You can also find ways to modify the way you do activities to conserve your energy through the day.

You might like to install handrails or other equipment around your house to make it easier to move around and do things. You can find out more about equipment and equipment suppliers in the section on Disability aids. You might also consider moving to a smaller house, or one that is easier to manage. Enable New Zealand has advice about how to design a home so it will suit you throughout your life.

There are many gadgets to help people with pain or reduced strength and mobility with daily tasks. These include electric can openers, grip enhancers for taps, jars and utensils and long-handled tools and cleaning equipment. You can find suppliers of equipment to help your daily living by searching for "daily living aids" on the internet or in the Yellow pages.

Also see the tips on Conserving energy.

You might also find the following practical tips helpful in making household tasks easier.

In the bedroom

phone in bed

In the kitchen

In the laundry

In the garden




Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed December 2022.


Page reference: 192207

Review key: HIMEA-192207