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An individual's condition will determine what type of equipment is the most suitable. Here are some useful considerations you should take into account when you are purchasing daily living aids and equipment. This helpful guide has been produced by the in-house Occupational Therapists at Nottingham Rehab Supplies.

Dressing Aids

Every one of us has fumbled with a button, a toothbrush or a razor. But stiffness, pain, weakness, or paralysis can make dressing, undressing, and personal hygiene particularly difficult. Clothing with side or front closings, deep armholes, pull-on, elastic waists, and "breathable" soft surface fabrics is practical for people who have trouble getting dressed. Attaching a ring or loop to the zipper tab makes it easier to pull with fingers or a dressing aid.

There are many types of dressing aids that do many and varied tasks. A well-designed dressing aid should be lightweight but sturdy. Usually when these types of aids are required, the user will have to learn new skills for getting dressed and grooming. For example, how to do one-handed dressing or how to hold effectively with a weak hand grip. It is advisable to seek guidance before use of a dressing aid as there is a large selection of aids to suit individual needs. Below are some common examples:

Dressing Stick - Useful for pushing off or pulling on clothes. It is useful for people with rheumatoid arthritis who may have limited shoulder movement.

Shoe Horns and Laces - These aids help people who have difficulty in bending to put shoes on or off. To be used when seated.

Elasticated Shoe Laces - Elastic shoelaces stay tied and stretch open when shoes are taken off and put on.

Stocking Aids and Tight Aids - Devices to help people with difficulty bending, these can be used to put on socks, tights or stockings, and usually it takes practice to master the skill. You should be in a seated position when using these aids.

Button Fasteners and Dressing Sticks - These are mainly used for people who have limited hand dexterity. They can assist one-handed dressing; you should choose a handle that suits your handgrip.

Bra Angel - For one-handed use the aid holds one end of clothing while the other end is brought round for fastening.

Reachers - Designed to help people who have difficulty bending and reaching. It can pick up everyday items around the home or take socks off. The Combi-Reacher has a combined shoe horn and magnetic tip to aid a variety of everyday tasks.

Nottingham Rehab Supplies professionally trained Occupational Therapy Helpline Operator will be pleased to help and guide you on product purpose, suitability, usage and provide technical details to help you make the right choice of product.

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