Category: Aids for Daily Living

Dressing Stick

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DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities, arthritis, or mobility disabilities to dress independently. The dressing stick can be used to pull up trousers, pull a shirt or sweater up onto a shoulder, an pull socks up. This illustrated article, included in a chapter entitled "Bedroom & Getting Dressed," provides detailed instructions and illustrations for making a dressing stick from materials readily available at hardware stores: a dowel and a plastic-coated wire coat. Instructions are also included about how to bend the hook for optimal use without damaging the surface. MATERIALS: One 24-inch dowel (may be longer or shorter depending on the user’s height), 5/8-inch in diameter; one plastic-coated wire hat/coat hook; glue; and masking tape. TOOLS: Drill and pipe wrench or monkey wrench. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic carpentry. TITLE: Dressing Stick. BOOK: Easy Things to Make to Make Things Easy: Simple Do-It-Yourself Home Modifications for Older People & Others with Physical Limitations. REF: Cambridge, Massachusetts: Brookline Books: p 29. PAGES (including cover) 2. 1997.


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