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Dressing aids can be used by individuals with limited range of motion or weakness due to stroke, arthritis,spinal cord injury, amputation, or injury [4].

Button Hook

This device is used to button buttons using only one hand. The simple design involves a handle with a piece of contoured looped wire on one end. The button hook passes through the button hole, and over the button to grip the thread, and is pulled through in a twisting motion [3]. Image:Button hook.jpeg

Dressing Stick

There are many types of dressing sticks available, but they all share certain characteristics. They have a hook, or an S shaped hook at one end, and possibly another dressing aid such as a shoe horn, at the other end. They work by hooking to the clothing that you are trying to put on. This can make putting on clothing much easier and without the need to stretch as far because of the long handle of the stick. Zip pullers [[1]] have a long, sometimes thick handle, which allow those with limited mobility, or a weak grip, to easily raise or lower zips. Zip grips attach to the zip, and are similar to a zip puller, and provide additional grip and leverage. [3]

Extra Long Shoe Horns

Shoe horns themsleves are dressing aids used by the general public. Extra long shoe horns allow the user to don their shoes with minimal trunk bending. If the user has limited back or ankle range of motion a shoe horn with a stiff is beneficial[4].

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A Long Shoe Horn

Stocking Aid

This piece of equipment is also known as a stocking gutter and can be purchased or made at home. It is made of a piece of cone shaped plastic with one cord attached to either side of the top of the plastic [2]. To use this device, just pull the sock or stocking onto the plastic, place it on the floor, keep hold of the cords and pull the sock on. This device does require the use of both hands so it is not indicated for those with bilateral or unilateral hand/arm weakness[1]. It is appropriate for those with limited hip range of motion

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A Stocking Aid

Specific Products


The Wonderstrap have a similar design to suspenders bu they only attach to clothing in the front. the back of the device is hooked behind the users neck. The Wonderstrap can be used to don and doff pants while sitting (the user will have to eventually stand to get the pants fully on). This product is marketed as a method to prevent falls and increase independence of its users.

External Links


[1]Hooker, Susan. Caring for elderly people: understanding and practical help.Routledge, 1978

[2]. James, Anne Birge. Occupational therapy for physical dysfunction. Chapter 30 Restoring Role of Independant Person pp774-816 Ed. Mary Vining Radomski, Catherine A. Trombly Latham Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007


[4] Mitchell, S. C. M. Dressing Aids BMJ: British Medical Journal, Vol. 302, No. 6769 (Jan. 19, 1991), pp. 167-169