A stroke often affects movement and use of one side of the body, so getting dressed is often difficult for people after a stroke. Your stroke rehab team can suggest things that can help you. But here are some tips to make getting dressed easier.
Use assistive devices that may help you dress.
Getting dressed may be easier if you use stocking/sock aids, rings or strings attached to zipper pulls, and buttonhooks. Clothing may be easier to put on if it has features such as:
Elastic waistbands and shoelaces.
Snaps and grippers.
Lay out your clothes in the order that you will put them on.
Place the clothes you will put on first on top of the pile.
Sit down while you dress.
Put your affected arm or leg into the piece of clothing first when dressing.
Then put in the unaffected arm or leg.
Remove the stronger arm or leg from the clothing first when undressing.
Then slip out your affected arm or leg.
Think about whether to avoid clothing that goes over your head.
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