Stroke survivors can dress themselves
After a stroke, it’s important for older adults to re-learn the tasks of daily living. One is the ability to dress themselves.
It may be difficult at first, but there are techniques that make it easier to get dressed even if only one side of their body is working well.
Why learn to dress independently?
Being able to dress on their own will give your senior a self-esteem boost and helps with their recovery. They’ll gain independence and feel more in control of their lives. It gives you a break too.
Dressing independently is also a form of therapy. Using the affected side as much as possible will help build strength and re-train the brain.
Videos demonstrate how to get dressed after stroke
In these two clear and helpful videos, a stroke survivor demonstrates how to put on two styles of shirt and two styles of pants when one side of the body is weak.
Older adults may need to go slower and take breaks. This can be quite tiring, especially at first.
In the video about shirts:
- Short-sleeve t-shirt (watch from beginning)
- Long-sleeve button-down shirt (at 2 min 34 sec) — put on and take off
In the video about pants:
- Elastic waist pants using 2 different methods — using hands only (watch from beginning) and using a reaching/grabbing tool for help (at 2 min 53 sec)
- Denim jeans with belt (at 5 min 32 sec)
Tips for independent dressing
- Encourage your older adult to take their time. This will be a slow and tiring process at first, but will get easier and faster with practice.
- Stay seated while dressing. This is safer and saves energy.
- Use something sturdy for support when standing to pull up pants. It’s easy to get off balance during this step.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing with fabrics that stretch. Start with larger, looser clothes and gradually move down to your senior’s regular size as they gain experience.
- Consider adaptive clothing like velcro, zipper pulls, or grab loops to make it easier to get dressed.
You might also like:
— VIDEO: Stroke Therapy Exercises for Upper and Lower Body
— Buck & Buck Specialized Senior Clothing Solves Dressing Problems
— REVIEW: Being There, a Book About Caregiving After Stroke
By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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