When you've been dressing yourself for as long as you can remember, giving that task up or asking for help can be difficult. However, even with limitations from arthritis, aging, or other causes, there are great options out there to keep up independence and dignity.
For example, arthritis of the hands or wrists can make dressing extremely tiring if you wear clothes with lots of buttons or zippers. By switching to elastic and pull-over styles and buying up a size, dressing becomes a lot smoother. Relying on shawls rather than coats or jackets can also ease the trouble of zipping or buttoning. Many people have had success steering away from heavy, wool clothing that can be hard to put on not only because of the sheer weight, but because the fabric isn't smooth and creates a lot of friction as you try to put it on.
Decreased range of motion in the shoulders, knees or back and other physical limitations can also make dressing difficult. Specially designed adaptive clothing will make dressing easier. Our back opening Men's Polo Shirt and Women's Cardigan and belt that can be bucked one-handed are some great examples.
There are also options out there to help with dressing beyond the clothing itself—assistive devices created specifically for these personal tasks. At Ease Living, we offer a few of these products: the Sock Horse Sock Aide, a few different PikStick Reachers, and the Pocket Dresser Dressing Aide.
With a few modifications, dressing can be made easier while maintaining independence. What are your favorite tips, tricks, or products for independent dressing?