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Self care: Dressing

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User with modified trousersAdaptation of trousers
A simple way to adapt trousers so they sit well both when standing and sitting
Split jacket from the backAdapted jacket
Adapted jacket - facilitates dressing for persons who need assistance
The user with blanket attached using a mitten holderBlanket modified with mitten holder
A blanket sitting on the user’s lap is held in place by a mitten holder
Sweater from Gudrun SjödénBlouses and sweaters
- examples of clothing purchased in stores that can be appropriate for wheelchair users
User grasps loop to put on shoeBoots without shoelaces
Shoes that are easy to put on and take off – suitable for persons with impaired hand function
User with braceletBracelet with magnetic clasp
- suitable for people with impaired hand function
Coat buttoningButtoning buttons
A method to button trouser button for persons with impaired hand function
ShawlCamel hair shawl to keep shoulders and upper arms warm
Holds heat - appropriate for persons who easily freeze
User wearing her capeCape with detachable lining
Easy to put on and take off - suitable for wheelchair users
Chaps lying on floorChaps-style trousers for wheelchair users
Chaps are easy to put on and take off while sitting in a wheelchair.
Chaps, lying on the floorChaps-style trousers for wheelchair users
Chaps-style trousers that can be put on without having to move from the wheelchair
User opens closet doorCloset
Closet without plinth and with lowered closet pole, suitable for wheelchair users
Waistband is threaded through key ring on zipperClosure of modified trousers
Velcro closure for trousers with hook and loop works for persons with impaired hand function
User with dressCustom sewn dress
– suitable for wheelchair users
User in her summer jacket. Photo: Katharina RatzkaCustom sewn functional summer jacket
- suitable for wheelchair users
Custom tailored skirt with high backCustom tailored skirt
Custom tailored skirt for Susanne, who uses a wheelchair.
Wooden board on long side of bedCustom-designed bed makes it easier to dress while in bed
A wooden board on the long side of the bed serves as a fixed point and provides support for dressing while sitting in bed.
User operates wheelchair while wearing custom-made mittenCustom-made mittens
Custom-made mittens make it possible for a person with extensive disabilities to dress and undress independently
User drives wheelchair while wearing custom-made wheelchair gloveCustom-made wheelchair gloves
Custom sewn wheelchair gloves with friction surface on the thumb that facilitates wheelchair driving for people with impaired hand function
User with blouse in Viking model. 
Photo: Katharina RatzkaCustom-sewn blouses
Blouses in simple patterns - appropriate for wheelchair users
Camisole. Photo: Katharina RatzkaCustom-sewn camisole
- good fit for wheelchair users
Custom-sewn trousers. Photo: Katharina RatzkaCustom-sewn trousers
- suitable for wheelchair users
Custom-sewn vestCustom-sewn vest
Suitable for wheelchair users
Windbreaker from the frontCustom-sewn windbreaker
- functional, good fit - suitable for wheelchair users
Customized jeans zipper: insert knitting needleCustomized jeans
Customized jeans make it possible for persons with impaired hand function to independently drain urine bag
Dressing hook for opening and closing zippers picture 1Dressing hook for opening and closing zippers
High quadriplegics can use this dressing hook with customized jeans to drain the urine bag without assistance
User with "dressing skirt" Illustration: Lars 'Geson' AnderssonDressing skirt
- an aid when dressing that promote privacy
User pulls up trousersDressing while sitting in the wheelchair: trousers, socks, and shoes
Technique for persons with strong arms
User puts on his shoeDressing: trousers, socks, and shoes
A dressing technique for wheelchair users who have impaired hand function and impaired balance
Elastic band as shoelaceElastic band as shoelace
If you use an elastic band as your shoelace you do not have to tie shoes
Kayaking jacket, extra longExtra long raincoat
Long raincoat prevents gap in back when sitting
User with her faux fur cape. Photo: Katharina RatzkaFaux fur cape
Easy to put on and take off - suitable for wheelchair users
User with feet warmerFeet warmer
- easy to put on and take off while sitting - suitable for wheelchair users
Buttoning deviceHome-made buttoning device
Practical home-made buttoning device – suitable for people with impaired hand function
User closes jacket zipper using a "bite tug" in the zipperKey ring with "bite tug"
A user with extensive disabilities can use a "bite tug" to help pull up a zipper on a jacket
User with woolen vest, tied with drawstringKnitted vest tied with woolen band
- suitable for wheelchair users
The user uses the long shoe horn to put on his shoesLong shoe horn
Long shoe horn with anti-slip strips helps people with disabilities
Modified coverall trousers (a kitchen towel is inserted inside the trousers to make it easier to see the modification).Modified coverall trousers
Coverall trousers without a seat make dressing easier for wheelchair users
Modified outer jacketModified jacket
The modification enables people with high tetraplegia to take off an outdoor jacket by themselves
User pulls up zipperModified trousers
Customized trousers – suitable for wheelchair users with impaired hand function
User with specially sewn trousersModified trousers
Modified trousers that keep the stomach warm – appropriate for wheelchair users
Zipper with loops on the inseam of the trouser legModified trousers
Zipper with loop on the inseam of the trousers facilitates draining the urine bag - suitable for persons with impaired hand function
Necklace with magnetic claspNecklace with magnetic clasp
- suitable for people with impaired hand function
Pulling on trousers while sitting in wheelchairPull up trousers while sitting in wheelchair
Method for wheelchair user with compromised arm/hand function to pull up trousers
User puts on right mittenPutting on specially-sewn mittens independently
- a technique for people with extensive disabilities
User with rain capeRain cape
Rain cape appropriate for wheelchair users
User with rain cape. Photo: Katharina RatzkaRain cape
Easy to put on and take off - suitable for wheelchair users
User with rain poncho from the frontRain poncho for bicyclists
A rain poncho for bicyclists works as rain gear for wheelchair users.
Removing an outer jacket picture 2Removing an outer jacket
Technology to take off an outer jacket - suitable for a person with severe disabilities
User with Back on Track shirtShirt that stays warm and dressing technique
Appropriate clothing for people with disabilities
Shoes with Velcro closureShoes with Velcro closure
Shoes with Velcro closure suitable for persons with impaired hand function
User wearing a long skirt. Photo: Katharina RatzkaSkirt as outerwear
Custom-tailored skirt that can easily be put on while sitting - suitable outer garment for people who use wheelchairs
User with sleeve protectorSleeve protector for wheelchair users
Protects shirts and sweaters when manually driving the wheelchair
Smart shoelacesSmart shoelaces
Shoelace with magnet makes it easier to put shoes on and take them off – suitable for people with impaired hand function
Socks with loose elasticSocks with loose elastic
Socks suitable for persons who easily get swollen legs
The user working on her knees wearing trousers for crawling.Specially sewn trousers for outdoor activities
Sturdy outdoor trousers used when raining, skiing and for “crawling”
User wearing support stockingSupport stockings with zipper
A zipper on support stockings makes it easier to put them on – suitable for people with disabilities
User opens zipper on outer jacketTechnique to pull down the zipper of an outer jacket
Using a key ring attached to the zipper - technique for people with extensive disabilities
User takes off shoesUndressing while sitting in wheelchair: trousers, socks, and shoes
Technique for persons with strong arms
User takes off shoeUndressing: trousers, socks, and shoes
A technique for wheelchair users with impaired hand function and balance
Key ring on jeans zipperUsing zipper on trousers
Persons with impaired dexterity can use a zipper if they attach a key ring to it.
Lined fabric bootWarm overshoes
Lined fabric boots - suitable for wheelchair users
User drives wheelchair while wearing custom-made wheelchair mittensWarm wheelchair gloves
Mittens with large opening adapted with hard rubber, used as wheelchair gloves in winter
Zip-off trousers on hangerZip-off trousers
Wheelchair users can change from shorts to trousers without moving from the chair.