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Getting dressed

 

Watch these videos for some tips on how to get dressed a little easier

 

Tips for putting on a bra:

Try to use a bra with a front hook or a Velcro closure. These are easy to close with 1 hand than a hook. 

You can also try to put on the bra backwards first. Then, twist it around the right way and put your arms in last. 

Watch the video to see an example. 

Video credit: Heart and Stroke Foundation

 

 

Tips for putting on pants:

If you wear a belt, loop it into your pants before you put your pants on. 

While sitting down, use your strong hand to put your weak leg into the pant leg. Then, step in using your strong leg. 

Carefully stand up and use your strong hand to pull your pants up. Use your weak hand to keep your pants up while you zip and button with your strong hand. 

Watch the video to see an example. 

Video credit: Heart and Stroke Foundation

 

Tips for putting on a coat:

Before you start, lay out the coat in front of you on a flat surface. Use your strong hand to guide your weak arm through the sleeve first. Then thread your strong arm in the other sleeve. 

Watch the video to see an example.  

Video credit: Heart and Stroke Foundation

 

Tips for putting on a sweater:

Before you start, sit on a chair. Lay the sweater out on your lap. Use your strong hand to guide your weak arm through the sleeve. Then put your strong arm through the other sleeve. 

When both arms are in, pull the sweater over your head. Use your strong hand to straighten out the sweater.

Watch the video to see an example. 

Video credit: Heart and Stroke Foundation

 

Tips for putting on a shirt, blouse or cardigan:

You can put these on the same way you would put on a coat. 

Before you start, lay out the shirt in front of you on a flat surface. Use your strong hand to guide your weak arm through the sleeve first. Then slip your strong one in the other sleeve. Use your strong hand to do the buttons. 

Watch the video to see an example.  

Video credit: Heart and Stroke Foundation

 

Tips for putting on a dress:

You can put on a dress the same way you would put on a sweater.

Sit down, Then, lay the dress out on your lap. Use your strong hand to guide your weak arm through the sleeve. Then put your strong arm through the other sleeve. 

When both arms are in, pull the dress over your head. Stand up and use your strong hand to straighten out the dress.

Watch the video to see an example. 

Video credit: Heart and Stroke Foundation

 

Tips for putting on a skirt:

Skirts with an elastic waist may be easier to put on. 

Sit down. Then lay the skirt out on your lap. Use your strong hand to guide your weak leg through the skirt. Pull it as high as you can. Put your strong leg through. Stand up and use your strong hand to straighten out the skirt. 

Watch the video to see an example. 

Video credit: Heart and Stroke Foundation

 

Tips for putting on socks:

Short or loose socks are the easiest to put on. 

While sitting, cross your weak leg over the strong leg so it is easier to reach. Use your strong hand to spread the sock open.  Then slip on the sock. 

Watch the video to see an example.

Video credit: Heart and Stroke Foundation

 

Tips for putting on shoes:

Laces are hard to do with 1 hand. Try using elastic laces or wear slip on shoes. 

While sitting, cross your weak leg over your strong leg. This makes your weaker foot easier to reach. Use your strong hand to slip your shoe on. 

Watch the video to see an example. 

Video credit: Heart and Stroke Foundation

 

What are some tools that might make getting dressed easier?

Long-handled shoe horn

Long-handled shoe horn

Long-handled reacher

Long-handled reacher

 

Other tips you can try:

  • Lay items of clothing out so they are easy to reach
  • Put items away in the same place so they are easy to find