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Grooming and dressing

Daily tasks like showering, shaving and brushing your teeth make you feel good. Here are some assistive devices that can help you perform these tasks safely on your own.

Bathing or showering
  • special bath or shower chair or bench
  • hand-held shower head
  • tap handle extenders
  • grab bars
  • non-slip surfaces, such as rubber mats or appliqués to roughen a smooth surface
  • soap on a rope or liquid soap in a pump bottle
  • long-handled brush
  • face cloth made into a mitt
  • terry cloth robe instead of a towel
Dental care
  • built up toothbrush handle that is easier to hold
  • electric toothbrush
  • flip cap toothpaste instead of a screw top or a pump top
  • floss picks instead of dental floss
  • brush on a suction cup for dentures
Shaving
  • electric shaver
  • magnifying mirror
Nail care
  • nail brush on suction cup
  • one-handed nail clippers

Dressing
  • clothing with elastic waists and zippers or Velcro™ closings instead of buttons
  • button hook
  • front-closing bras
  • clip or key ring to help pull up zippers
  • suspenders instead of belts
  • clip-on ties and earrings
  • sock aid for pulling on socks
  • long-handled shoe horn

Dressing after stroke demonstration videos

If you have experienced physical impairments with your stroke, dressing may be more difficult. These videos demonstrate different methods of dressing and provide tips that will help. People living with stroke demonstrate each technique. An occupational therapist provided oversight.

Where to get support

Look for organizations and businesses in your community that provide services in your home, such as:

  • hairdressers and barbers
  • nail services and foot care
  • support in bathing

Your occupational therapist can help you:

  • decide which devices you need
  • get the devices you need
  • learn how to use them properly and safely
  • organize your bathroom to make it safe and accessible
Related information

To find useful services to help you with personal care and daily living, see our list of government and community agencies.

“Not all your friends will understand what you are going through and some will drift away. In fact quite a few of our current friends never knew us pre-stroke.”

Frank Lou’s care partner