The majority of us take dressing for granted, but its an essential part of our daily lives. It can be a difficult and frustrating task for those with arm paralysis or contractures.
When the muscles in the arm become tight, arm contractures make it difficult to move the arm. In contrast, paralysis is the inability to move the affected limb due to a loss of muscle function.
In this blog, we will discuss ways to help people with arm paralysis or contractures dress.
Use clothing that adapts:
Adaptive clothing is made specifically for people with mobility issues to make dressing easier. Larger openings, Velcro closures, Open back, and elastic materials make it easier to put on and take off adaptive clothing. Because it eliminates the need to lift or twist the arms in ways that could be painful or uncomfortable, this clothing is beneficial for people who have arm contractures or paralysis.
Have a look at our Open Back Adaptive Blouses specifically designed to make dressing easier:
Soft and lightweight, it can be slipped on and off easily by the carer with minimal disturbance or discomfort for the wearer. With its completely opening back, it is easy to put on and attach the poppers on each shoulder without raising your arms.
The fabric closes on one another to cover the whole back providing comfort and dignity. It gives full coverage for the wearer and looks like a traditional top at first glance.
Additionally, the fuller arm design means it can be removed without too much bending of the arms or lifting them above the head. A huge benefit for the elderly or those suffering from restrictive conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Stroke or Multiple Sclerosis.
Utilize Single-Handed Methods:
When dressing, paralysed or contracture arm users may have trouble using both hands. As a result, it's critical to teach them how to dress with just one hand. For instance, using a hook to open a jacket's zipper or putting on a shirt by sliding it over their head with one hand.
Utilize Versatile Gadgets:
Reacher, buttonhooks, and sock aids are examples of adaptive devices that can be useful for people who have paralysis or contractures in their arms.
These devices are made to help people put on socks or shoes, fasten buttons or zippers, and reach items that are out of their reach.
Make the Environment Convenient:
Dressing in temperatures that are too cold or too hot can make people with paralysis or contractures of the arms uncomfortable. Consequently, it is essential to establish a temperature-controlled dressing area conducive to comfort. The process of dressing will be made easier and less frustrating as a result of this.
Occupational therapy is needed:
The goal of occupational therapy is to assist people with disabilities in performing everyday activities. An occupational therapist can help a person with arm contractures or paralysis who is having trouble dressing come up with a customized plan to help them dress on their own.
In conclusion, dressing can be difficult and frustrating for people with paralysis or contractures of the arms. However, individuals can dress independently and confidently, or with assistance by utilizing adaptive clothing, one-handed techniques, adaptive devices, creating a comfortable, environment, and seeking occupational therapy.
We can help people with arm contractures or paralysis maintain their independence and improve their quality of life by providing the necessary support.