July 6, 2015 | 10:55 am | By Pants Up Easy
Getting dressed can be one of the biggest obstacles in your day if you are paralyzed, but unfortunately, it’s one that must be done. If you are having trouble determining the best way to go about getting your pants on, you are likely looking for a few quick tips to guide you through the process. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for a quick guide on how to get your pants on when you are paralyzed.
The first thing you should do is choose pants in a material that will be relatively easy to deal with. Softer pants, such as dress slacks or sweatpants, will be much easier to maneuver than jeans or other tight options. There are many companies that actually manufacture clothing with wheelchair users in mind, so taking a look at the options available from these businesses should be your first step.
Once you’ve found appropriate clothing, it’s time to start the actual process of putting your pants on. Many suggest getting dressed while on your bed or another flat surface where you can more easily lie down. Getting weight off of your hips and legs is essential in making the process as manageable as possible.
Place your clothing on the bed beside you before getting into position. Bend your legs with one on each side, and arrange your pants so that they are positioned below you with the waist of the pants in your hands. Take one leg in your hand while holding the pants with the other hand, and place your leg inside the pants. Then pull the pants up to just above the knee. From that point, pull the pants up until the bottom part of the pant is in place. Repeat the process on the next side.
Getting your pants up over your hips may be a bit more of a challenge. The best way to go about this is to shift from side to side, pulling up your pants and straightening them out as you go. After you have the pants in place, you will straighten your legs out in order to button and zip your pants, if needed. From this point, all that’s left is to sit up and move into your wheelchair.
If this process seems a bit too cumbersome, you may want to consider Pants Up Easy. Our device comes in three different models designed to provide an efficient and simple way for wheelchair users to pull up their pants. Whether mounted on the wall or freestanding, the Pants Up Easy product will allow you to pull up your pants with much less effort. By placing your arms over the folding arm rests provided, you can reach down and grab your pants while the weight of your lower body is supported, then simply pull them up.
Although the process of putting on your pants when paralyzed is far from easy, it doesn’t have to be the most dreaded task you face each day.