How Seniors Can Dress Independently After Stroke [Video]

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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:

In the video about pants:


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.


Next Step  Get tips that help senior stroke survivors dress independently — shirts (6 min) or pants (8 min)


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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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