Tips for Getting Dressed in a Wheelchair

Category: Wheelchairs
April 4, 2019

If you’ve spent any considerable amount of time in a wheelchair, then you know and understand the challenges associated with doing so. It’s not just as simple as going to a Maryland wheelchair store and rolling out. Nothing can be taken for granted as even “simple” day to day tasks can be quite strenuous. Something as routine as getting dressed can become quite difficult.

A man sitting in a wheelchair looking pleased

Luckily, while getting dressed may be a little more difficult in a wheelchair, it is of course not impossible. We wanted to take some time today to offer some tips on getting dressed in a wheelchair.

  • Get Dressed in Bed


Many people find getting dressed in their bed is the easiest method. By laying on your back in your bed, it becomes much easier to put on and pull up your pants, which is often the most difficult aspect of getting dressed.


  • Wear Comfortable Shoes


Many wheelchair users suffer from a condition called edema, which is an accumulation of fluid in your feet and lower legs. This can make wearing tight fitting shoes, and pants for that matter, very difficult and painful. Try to find a pair of shoes that are both comfortable and easy to put on, sneakers or anything with Velcro would be good possibilities. You can also buy adaptive shoes specifically for your condition.


  • Use a Personal Aid


If you have trouble putting on your clothes, there are several options within the mobility industry that could be helpful to you. Patient lifts, and other standing aids, can help hold you in place while attempting to put on pants, an can be particularly helpful in the bathroom. Our Maryland wheelchair store showroom carries these products, and we would be happy to showcase them to you.


  • Wear Specialty Clothing


The garment industry has certainly come a long way, and now there are even companies that design clothing specifically for wheelchair users. These garments are called adaptive clothing. There are styles and designs unique to each of the challenges someone may face. Some great adaptive clothing features are velcro closures instead of buttons, open back blouses and shirts, adjustable slippers for people who deal with swollen feet and ankles, as well as seatless pants to help with incontinence.


  • Come Check Out Our Maryland Wheelchair Store!


We have been serving Hanover and other surrounding areas of Maryland for years now, and have learned the ins and outs of the mobility industry. If you are still having difficulty getting dressed, would like some professional advice, or would like to check out our mobility equipment, just stop by our Hanover, MD wheelchair store. Our team of mobility experts are happy to assist you in any way possible!

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