Tips for daily living (Asthma)

10) Where do I get help with daily tasks?

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If you notice breathlessness affecting how you manage your daily living tasks, or if you would like further information or assistance to discuss any of these issues:

  • Contact your local council social care services for assessment by an occupational therapist or social worker.
  • Your GP or practice nurse can make a referral to occupational therapy for an assessment or order some basic equipment for you. Some areas in Scotland have a self referral for basic items of equipment. Check your council website in the equipment section.
  • Small items of equipment can be brought by mail order or on line. There are many companies which offer this service. Check and compare prices before you buy.
  • Some high street shops and larger branches of pharmacies offer small items of equipment.
  • Sometimes learning to pace yourself can be a great help. (For more information see our section on Pacing.)
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