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This article will help you understand the different dressing aids available and how to use them.

Could You Benefit From A Dressing Aid?

Everybody knows that getting dressed can put you in all sorts of uncomfortable positions and promotes awkward bending and stretching. Using the correct dressing aid suited to you can make all the difference.  

What is a Dressing Aid?

A Dressing Aid is an item that’s purpose is to assist those with limited flexibility or mobility when putting on clothes, socks and shoes. They can help with maintaining a sense of independence and reduce painful bending or stretching. 

Who Benefits from Dressing Aids?

Anyone that finds the movements involved with getting changed or personal grooming may benefit from a Dressing Aid. People with the following medical conditions most commonly benefit from Dressing Aids:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Dyspraxia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cerebral Palsy

(Please note there are many other medical conditions that may benefit from Dressing Aids). 

Most common Dressing Aids

Shoe Horn

Usually these are long handed shoe horns that help reduce the amount of bending over involved with putting your shoes on. These help create a slick movement that not only help limit bending but also help prevent the back of the shoe wearing down. Our long handled navy Shoe Horn can be found here:

https://www.bluebadgecompany.co.uk/navy-shoe-horn.html

Zip Pull

Zip pulls are designed to make grasping your zip a lot easier and usually work with any standard zipper. Their ergonomic shape makes them easy to use wearing gloves also. Have a look for yourself:

https://www.bluebadgecompany.co.uk/navy-zip-pull.html.

Sock on Aid

The sock aid gives assistance in putting socks or stockings on and helps reduce the amount of bending done within that movement. These can be especially helpful if bending or reaching the foot is difficult. Check out this simple but effective Sock Aid:

https://www.bluebadgecompany.co.uk/navy-and-white-sock-aid.html. 

Dressing Stick

Effective in helping those with limited, painful or restricted movement in dressing themselves, promoting confidence and helping users to maintain an independent lifestyle. Mainly used to pull clothes over your body and reach clothes on high hangers.  Dressing sticks can help people whose reach, dexterity or ability to bend is limited due to arthritis or back/leg injuries. 

https://www.bluebadgecompany.co.uk/long-handle-lightweight-dressing-stick.html

Travel Reacher

Our multi-purpose folding reacher is ideal for picking up everyday items if bending or reaching is difficult to do. This handy grabber will make life much easier when reaching for things on the top shelf or down off the floor. They are ideal for individuals with limited hand strength. 

https://www.bluebadgecompany.co.uk/folding-travel-reacher.html

Button Hook

The ideal product for people with Arthritis, limited dexterity or Parkinson’s that struggle while getting dressed. Helps to un-do buttons quickly and effortlessly. 

https://www.bluebadgecompany.co.uk/good-grips-button-hook.html