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Wrap up well this winter - Tips from our OT

Wrap up well this winter - Tips from our OT

Tips from our Occupational Therapists on overcoming clothing & dressing obstacles.

Here are 5 tips to get you thinking about ways to make dressing easier and to stay independent in daily routines:

  1. Opting for loose clothing is often easier, as pull-on clothing avoids having to use fasteners altogether that require fine grip. Equally, if you have sore shoulders or elbows, then opting for front fastening garments can be easier to avoid the need for reaching behind.
  2. With help, clothing and accessories can be adapted to make it easier. For example, large zipper pulls can be added as well as magnetic buttons, large poppers or elastic shoelaces. Clothing styles that are elasticated or have large chunky buttons are easier to manage.
  3. Do you have one side that is more painful or has more restricted movement? Try putting this side into clothing first, and then taking this side out last when undressing to make things easier.       
  4. Typically, light clothing is easier to manage, and scarves are a great no-fuss way to easily manage changes in temperature.
  5. If you have swollen legs or feet, then special extra wide socks or soft top socks can be helpful to support good circulation.

We have many related items in store to help you including Handy Reachers, sock aids, shoe horns, large zip pullers and more.
Contact us or pop in for a chat to explore simple solutions.