Assistive Devices for Dressing


There are many assistive devices available to help a person get dressed easier. Many of these assistive device can be found at full service pharmacies (the ones that sell durable medical equipment) or surgical supply stores. However if these places are not available in your area, you may need to contact your physician or a local occupational therapist about ordering these items.

If bending over to dress your legs and feet is a problem, the following devices may be able to help you.

This piece of equipment (below) is known as a sock aid (**). To use this, place the device in your lap, and put the sock over the device, let the sock aid fall to the floor (while holding onto the rope), and slide your foot it (while pulling the rope up).



 This piece of equipment is known as a dressing stick (**). Because of its hook on the end, this item can be use to pull pants up and push them down. This item can also be used to push off socks and shoes.

This piece of equipment is known as a reacher (**). It is used to pick things up from the floor or from high places to eliminate unnecessary bending and reaching. Therefore, not only can this item be used for dressing (to retrieve clothes from the floor, pull pants up, or help take socks off), this item can also be used throughout the day during other activities as well. Fire or barbecue tongs will also serve this purpose.

This piece of equipment is known as a shoe horn. It is used to help people put their shoes on without crushing the back so that they do not have to bend down to adjust the shoe. Just place this shoe horn in the back of your shoe and slide your foot in. It is easiest to use this item with slip on shoes, although it can be used with all types of shoes. Sit down to use this if balance is a problem.



Additional assistive devices for dressing include the following:

1) Button Hooks: These devices help one to button shirts without using intricate movements of the fingers.

2) Elastic shoe laces: Because they are elastic, these shoe laces will stretch when you put your shoes on. Therefore, you will not need to tie and retie your shoelaces every time you put your shoes on.

3) Velcro: If you can, buy clothing with Velcro instead of buttons as it is much easier to handle. If it is not possible to buy clothing with Velcro, try to replace the buttons with Velcro if you are able to.

** Please consult your physician or a local occupational therapist regarding these items as they are often hard to find commercially.

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