If you, or anyone you know, is living with limited mobility or other issues that hinder or affect movement, dressing aids could help. They can provide much-needed support and help to reduce uncomfortable twisting, bending or stretching when getting dressed.
This guide covers everything you need to know about dressing aids, including what they are, why you might need to use them, and the different types available.
What are dressing aids?
The purpose of dressing aids are exactly as the term suggests – they are aids, usually small items, that are designed to help you dress yourself if you’re otherwise having problems doing so.
If you’re living with a health condition or limited mobility, twisting your arm to put a sweater on, or reaching down to put your feet through the legs of your trousers and then pulling them up to your waist, can be far from easy.
Dressing aids can help you to maintain, or regain, some independence when getting dressed, whether that’s putting on items of clothing or shoes. These might be tasks you’d otherwise need help from someone else with, but using a dressing aid helps you to do them for yourself.
Why would I need dressing aids?
If you’re finding any particular aspect of getting yourself dressed without help, you might benefit from using dressing aids. Some types of movement might be painful. Bending down to pull socks onto your feet, perhaps, could be challenging if stretching is problematic for you.
For other people, undoing or doing up buttons on shirts or blouses can be tricky, especially if you have limited dexterity in your hands and fingers.
If you’re living with any of these issues, you might consider using a dressing aid:
- Struggling with balance or feeling dizzy when you’re bending to put shoes and socks on, or when stretching
- Limited dexterity in your hands and/or fingers, reduced ability to grip, swollen hands – caused by arthritis or other conditions
- Painful joints – knees, shoulders, elbows – that reduce flexibility and make it difficult to move freely
- Back pain when standing up, or breathlessness
Types of dressing aids
There are a wide range of dressings aids – each designed to help with a specific need – which make the particular movement you’re struggling with easier to do. If you’re thinking of using a dressing aid, before you buy anything, you should give some thought to how and where you need the support.
Some of the most popular types of dressing aids include: