Getting dressed with a disability is one of the most difficult
parts of the job. Dressing aids can be a big help. Here's
a description of some of the dressing aids available from
our list of resources
||Sock and stocking
aids expand the sock to hold it open for you; pull
it the rest of the way with straps.
||A pantyhose aid
holds pantyhose open, but it requires two hands to use.
For something simpler, consider wearing stockings instead
of pantyhose. Sears carries "thigh-highs" with
elastic bands at the top.
in light or heavy fabric fit over swollen feet or a cast.
stretch so you don't ever have to tie and untie them.
||A trouser pull
will help you pull up your trousers from a sitting or
lying down position.
||A pant clip
clips pants to shirt and allows pants to fall into place
as you sit up or stand.
hold open a dress, sleeve, or pant leg for you.
grasp the fabric of your pants or hold your shoe in place
while you slip it on.
||Extra long shoehorns
are made so you can avoid leaning forward putting on shoes.
hook onto the button so you can bring it through the hole.
(No fine-motor coordination required.)
||A zipper pull
hooks onto your zipper so you can pull it up or down.
You can customize your clothes at the local dry cleaners/tailors.
Simple tailoring is inexpensive. Substituting buttons and
zippers for Velcro strips can really help. And colored fabric
will cover typical beige medical bandages.
If you're handy with a sewing machine yourself or want to
start, you might pick up this handy sewing guide, Altering
Women's (or Men's) Ready-to-Wear, by Mary A. Roehr, ISBN:
0961922915, pub. 1987. The guide demonstrates practical ways
to rip, sew and press the easiest to most difficult alterations.
You can find it used on Amazon.com or at some fabric stores.
Here's another resource book: Clothing for the Handicapped,
the Aged, and Other People With Special Needs by Adeline
Mildred Hoffman, ISBN: 0398038600, pub. 1979.
The Tilt'Able is an ergonomic sewing
table with a base that fits under a sewing machine, tilting
it slightly forward and allowing the sewer to sit with a straight
neck and upper back. The needle slants slightly so it can
be seen easier. Pretty handy! You can order the sewing guides
and sewing table at: http://www.agreatnotion.com
Some of these companies may have just what you want already
made, and others customize clothes you already own:
Adaptations by Adrian has made clothes
adapted for wheel chairs since 1994. Because Adrian, their
inspiration, has difficulty raising his arms, the special
shirts and jackets slide on from the front without arm raising
or drawing the shirt across the back to the second arm. Adaptations
by Adrian manufactures shirts, jackets, and sweatshirts
that are shorter for the seated position.
Web Address: http://www.adaptationsbyadrian.com
Buck and Buck
Swartzie believes everyone
should be able to feel good about the way they look, and they're
trying to help! If you use a wheelchair, wear leg braces,
prosthesis, or have broken your leg, Swartzie can alter
your pants. You don't have to cut them off or change the type
of clothing you wear altogether. Shirts, pants, sweats, and
undergarments can all be accustomed for your personal needs
Specially For You.
Contact them for a free catalog of men's and women's clothing
that is made to put on and take off easily, with or without
These dressing options will cut down some
of your struggle, but let me know if you need help finding
solutions for your special accessibility problem.