Dressing for Stroke

Following a stroke, most people find it helpful to get back into their standard routine as soon as physically possible.  However, one’s ability to dress themselves may change following a stroke and modifications might need to be made to the dressing routine to accommodate the loss of dexterity.

Choose garments made of slippery or low-textured fabrics so it is easier to pull them on.


Look for dressing aid products such as buttonhooks, dressing sticks, sock donners or sock horns, and shoe horns to make dressing simpler.

Look for garments that have wider or lower armholes that make it easier to get into.



Add a metal ring with an opening or an easy-grip ribbon to a zipper pull to make them easier to grasp.



Choose tops that open fully in the front. For women, look for front-fastening bras.


Magnetic or hook & loop closures can make it .easier to dress with only one working hand. Look for adaptive clothing that has alternate closures such as hook & loop or magnets that make it easier to get garments on and off.




Replace standard shoe laces with elasticized laces that do not need to be tied.




If wearing a belt, thread belt through loops before putting on pants.




Rather than trying to pull pants on holding the waist in weak fingers, thrust the affected hand deep into the side pocket and pull up the pants. This allows the arm to hold the weight of the pants rather than the fingers. 

Dress the affected side first. Slide sleeve or pant leg over the affected limb before moving to the non-affected side.  Remove clothes in the reverse: non-affected side first.