17. Dressing

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  • Before you assist with dressing, wash your hands carefully to avoid spreading germs.
  • Make sure that a clean set of clothes is ready to wear.
  • Greet the person and explain that you want to help the person get dressed or change clothes.
  • The person may need you to dress her/him completely. If possible, you can help the person to dress herself/himself.
  • Remember not to pull, push or handle the person roughly.
  • Assist the person to remove clothes if needed. Let the person do as much as possible without your help.
  • Put the clean clothes in a place they can be reached easily.
  • Make sure the person does not get too tired or dizzy. If necessary, help the person sit or lie down.
  • Put dirty clothes in the laundry basket or hamper to be washed.
  • Wash your hands again.

Suggestions

Avoid having too many choices of clothing items so the person will not be overwhelmed or confused when trying to pick out something to wear.

Try:

  • Simple and comfortable clothing.
  • Clothing with elastic or Velcro fasteners.

For more information:

http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/LifeAfterStroke/RegainingIndependence/TipsforDailyLiving/Tips-for-Dressing_UCM_310116_Article.jsp