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Dressing Sticks

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Dressing sticks help assist with putting on and taking off clothes.


Dressing sticks are long, sturdy sticks (usually about 27-inches) constructed of wood, metal, or plastic. There is a metal S-shaped hook at one end coated with smooth vinyl to provide a snag-free grip on the clothing. The opposite end has either a smaller hook to assist with pulling zippers up and down or a shoe horn.  Some sticks detach into two pieces, great for compact storage when traveling or to easily carry it and keep it near you at all times. Other sticks are adjustable so that you can adjust the length to meet your own needs.


FOP community members use dressing sticks for many different purposes, such as reaching and turning on/off light switches, pulling an object closer to them, pushing doors open or even help them reposition themselves in bed by using it to push again a mattress surface.


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