Getting dressed and Parkinson’s disease

The significant loss of muscle control that comes with Parkinson’s disease can make the morning dressing routine pesky and difficult.

From manipulating zippers and buttons to untangling sleeves, getting dressed with Parkinson’s disease presents a challenge to be overcome.

But like any disability challenge, this one can be solved, and The Wright Stuff is committed to helping you find the tools you need.

Let’s have a look at three areas of difficulty in getting dressed with Parkinson’s disease, as well as solutions to these difficulties.

1. Using buttons and zippers

The Problem: The hand tremors, stiffness and slow movement associated with Parkinson’s disease makes pulling zippers and fastening buttons a very tricky process.

The Solution: Take a look at our handy zipper and button aids made exactly for this purpose.

Zipper Rings

Zipper Rings

These simple Zipper Rings can be attached to the zipper handle on your jackets and coats with the easy-to-use attached clip. Take them off when you are finished using them or keep them on, as their golden collar makes them look like a natural part of many clothes items.

Button Aid and Zipper Pull

Button Aid and Zipper Pull

The Button Aid and Zipper Pull is a two-in-one item featuring a formed wire buttoning aid plus a small brass hook for pulling zippers. The big rubber handle makes it easy for people with Parkinson’s disease to hold.

2. Pulling on shirts and coats

The Problem: It takes quite a bit of dexterity to reach up, over and around at all the angles needed to put on our coats and shirts. Parkinson’s disease causes stiffness, which makes these tasks difficult.

The Solution: Check out our selection of dressing sticks. Nothing beats a good stick! The dressing stick has become a valuable tool for many people with Parkinson’s disease.

Dressing Stick and Shoehorn

Dressing Stick and Shoehorn

The Dressing Stick and Shoehorn is lightweight and made of sturdy plastic. This simple dressing stick is useful for pulling on clothes, pushing of clothes slipping of shoes and socks.

Dress EZ Dressing Aid

Dress EZ Dressing Aid

The Dress EZ Dressing Aid has a comfortable foam grip with a shoehorn on one end and an S-hook on the other.

3. Putting on socks

The Problem: Bending over to put on socks is difficult with the stiffness and tremors of Parkinson’s disease.

Norco Molded Sock Aid with Two Handles

Norco Molded Sock Aid with Two Handles

The Solution: Wrap your sock around the Norco Molded Sock Aid with Two Handles and simply pull from a comfortable, upright position. No fine motor tasks required!

Getting dressed is something you do everyday, and it should not have to be so difficult. Discover which aid works best for you!