During your hospital stay, your therapist will show you how you can use special equipment to help dress yourself. These tools include: a reacher, a long-handled shoehorn, elastic shoelaces, and a sock aid.
Other tips for getting dressed safely and easily:
- Organize your dresser drawers and your clothes closet so things are easy to reach.
- Sit on a raised chair or bed.
- Choose loose-fitting clothing, including socks.
- Wear low-heeled shoes, with elastic shoelaces.
- Dress your operated leg first, and undress it last.
The techniques listed below are recommended during early healing and are generally in place for six to eight weeks following hip replacement surgery. They may be extended on the advice of your surgeon or therapist. The techniques can also help those having knee replacement surgery before surgery if pain and stiffness make these activities difficult. However, you should not use these techniques after knee replacement surgery unless you find it hard to do the activities due to pain or you do not have anyone to help you.
Click on the tabs below to read instructions and watch video clips on how to safely dress with the following dressing aids: