All Dressed Up and Ready
Getting dressed for the day or bedtime is the third activity of daily living (“ADL”).
How well do you put on and take off clothing and shoes?
Determining if you can get ready for the days’ activities and then off to bed in the evening involves:
Grabbing the clothes from closets and drawers
Pulling on and off underwear, clothes, outer wear, and shoes, and
Tying shoes and attaching any necessary braces, fasteners, or artificial limbs
Reasons you may need more help include:
Swollen hands and feet that reduce lack dexterity
Getting ready takes much longer than before and what a fully independent person may take to do similar tasks (i.e. an hour or more)
Difficulty bending over or raising arms above head
Limited or declining balance