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#3 ADL – Getting Dressed for the Day or Night

Cindy Davis
Written by Cindy Davis

How well do you put on and take off clothing and shoes?  Determining if you can get ready for the day’s activities and then to bed in the evening involves:

  • Taking the clothes from closets and drawers,
  • Pulling on and off underwear, clothes, outer wear, and shoes,
  • 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 or are painful to move;
  • Daily preparation that takes much longer than before compared to the time required for a fully independent person to do similar tasks (i.e. an hour or more);
  • Difficulty bending over or raising arms above head;
  • Limited or declining balance

About the author

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Serial entrepreneur and former full-time caregiver for eight years to her father with multiple chronic conditions. A graduate of Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Medicine and Asian Studies; and a Master of Business Administration degree recipient in marketing and finance from UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. Currently lives in Dallas, Texas with her teenage son and advises businesses on strategic planning, marketing, finance, and operations as owner of Next Level Consulting, Inc.

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