If you have limited mobility due to arthritis, a recent surgery or for any other reason, a dressing stick can help tremendously with your daily routine. These devices enable you to pick up items off the floor, put on and take off clothes like socks and pants and secure zippers — all without bending down or straining your body. Ahead, we rounded up the best dressing sticks to make your life easier. In addition to helping you grab clothes via clasps and hooks, they include features like magnets for picking up smaller metal items such as coins and keys.
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1. RMS Dressing Stick
Available as a set of two, these aluminum tools each measure 32 inches long and feature an ergonomic handle-trigger design.
Pros: These have magnetic tips to help you pick up small metal items. A metal post also makes it easy to hook items like pant loops. Side clips let you attach the unit to a chair or cane for easy transport.
Cons: Some may wish these poles were slightly heavier.
2. Rehabilitation Advantage Kit
In addition to a 26-inch aluminum dressing stick, this kit includes a plastic sock aid with foam handles and a 17-inch shoehorn.
Pros: It also comes with a sponge featuring an 18-inch handle for bathing. The reacher has a metal post for scooping items with loops and a magnetic tip that lets you pick up smaller metal objects off the floor.
Cons: Some pieces may be a tad flimsy.
3. Sammons Preston Deluxe Dressing Stick
This dressing stick is also 26 inches long with a lacquered wood finish. The hooks are equipped with a soft vinyl coating to prevent scratching or snagging.
Pros: It also features a smaller hook on the other end, which is reinforced for durability and can be used to assist with securing small items like zippers.
Cons: This one doesn’t feature a magnetic tool.
4. JDDParts Dressing Stick
Made of sturdy fiber-reinforced ABS plastic, this 33-inch dressing stick features smooth rounded edges to prevent snags.
Pros: You can adjust the length as needed. It has a three-part detachable design that easily lets you take it apart and bring it on the go. The rear end also acts as a shoehorn. It can bend 45 degrees without snapping.
Cons: Some may question its durability.
5. Blue Jay Dressing Stick
This 2-in-1 model features a 24-inch long handle covered in soft foam that’s gentle on the palms while still allowing for great grip.
Pros: It’s also made of sturdy plastic and one end works as a convenient shoehorn for extra assistance. To prevent snags from happening, the sharper end of the hook comes with a non-slip cap.
Cons: Some may find the hooks too thick for zippers.
6. Everyday Medical Supply Dressing Stick
This stick also has a heavy-duty wood handle measuring 27 inches in length, with two metal hooked ends. The wood is smooth to the touch.
Pros: It includes a specially designed push-pull hook on the one end and a plastic-coated c-shaped hook on the the other that’s great for helping with zippers.
Cons: Some may find it the handle shorter than pictured.
7. ArcMate DressEZ
This one also features a versatile push-pull S-hook with a non-slip cap for better control when handling clothes. The handle is covered in thick, soft foam.
Pros: It’s also made with resilient plastic that will flex to prevent snapping. The shoehorn is narrow enough for all types of shoes. It’s available in 20 and 30-inch models.
Cons: It doesn’t fold up.