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10 Simple Dressing Aids Help Seniors Stay Independent

Simple dressing aids help seniors stay independent even with serious health conditions

Getting dressed can be challenging for seniors

Arthritis, illness, surgery, or other health conditions can make it difficult for many seniors to get dressed and undressed.

Getting dressed shouldn’t be a constant struggle or the reason that your older adult loses independence. Many inexpensive dressing aids are available today.

We rounded up 10 simple and smart dressing aids that help older adults dress themselves more easily.

10 dressing aids help seniors dress independently

1. $6 Sammons Preston 26-inch Dressing Stick This wooden dressing stick has two plastic-coated hooked ends.

Use it to pull up pants and zippers and help fasten buttons. Or, use it to push off clothing and remove socks.

2. $8 OXO Good Grips Button Hook Aid Arthritic fingers, tremors, or loss of dexterity can turn buttoning a shirt into a frustrating struggle. Use this simple button hook to fasten regular-size buttons.

3. $8 Lock Laces (Elastic No-Tie Shoelaces) Tying sneakers requires finger dexterity and bending or kneeling, making it tough for many seniors.

Replace regular shoelaces with elastic no-tie shoelaces instead. These laces make any lace-up shoes into slip-ons!

4. $9 Vaunn Medical EZ-TUG Sock Aid with Foam Grip Putting on socks can be a huge effort for some seniors.

This sock aid makes it much easier to get socks on. It has a plastic body and foam grips.

First, put the sock on the plastic tube. Then, insert the foot into the tube and pull up using the grips.

5. $10 Delaman Easy-On/Easy-Off Sock Aid This sock aid has a more flexible tube, so it might be a better fit for seniors with smaller sized feet.

6. $13 Regal 2-in-1 Dressing Stick and Shoehorn Dressing sticks help older adults reach and pull various clothing items. 

Use this plastic stick to pull up pants or hook fabric to pull clothing far enough to grab. It also helps remove clothes and socks. 

Plus, this one also doubles as a shoehorn.

7. $14 FootFunnel Shoe Assist This innovative shoe aid is different from a shoe horn. It’s a plastic piece that fits over the heel of the shoe.

The plastic makes it easy to slip a foot into the shoe without getting caught on the heel.

Some of the reviews said it was better than a shoehorn, but that it doesn’t fit all shoes (depends on the thickness or stiffness of the heel part).

8. $16 Home-X 31.5 inch Extra Long Metal Shoehorn You might think that all shoehorns are created equal, but this one seems to be a cut above the rest.

The extra length means no bending over and the strong metal makes it extra durable. Many reviewers absolutely loved this simple shoehorn.

9. $18 Ettore Grip ‘n Grab This grabber can reach for more than just clothing, but it comes in handy while getting dressed.

Instead of bending over or reaching for various clothing items, just use this grabbing tool.

10. $28 Jobst Stocking Donner Compression socks are one of the most difficult and time-consuming items to put on because they’re so tight.

To make things easier, use a compression stocking aid.

The frame isn’t adjustable, so those with larger or very swollen legs might want to try the $28 Mediven Stocking Butler instead.

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By DailyCaring Editorial Team Image: OTPlan

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