Dressing tips

  • Put all the clothes they need together before you start. This could be done the day before or at a time when they have more energy, ready for the following day.
  • Choose clothes which are easier to put on. Stretch fabrics, loose fitting with few fastenings are often best. Polo type shirts are very easy. Slip on shoes, loose fitting socks. Avoid heavy or bulky clothes.
  • Some patients/clients feel hot some times in the day and cold at others, use layers of clothes which can be added or taken off easily.
  • Sit down to dress. Make sure their feet are flat on the floor and the chair is not too low or too high. Try to avoid bending as this can make breathing more difficult. If they can, sit upright and cross the leg over the knee to reduce the need to bend down so far to the feet.
  • Some pieces of equipment may help. Easy reacher to pick up items without bending, or a long shoe horn. There are also sock aids available.
  • Rest in between putting on each item of clothing.
  • Watch out for breath holding – if they hold their breath when are doing any task which involves a lot of effort, encourage to sit back, rest and try breathing or relaxation exercises before continuing.