Get dressed while sitting in a chair that has armrests -- this will help you keep your balance.
Roll from side to side to get pants over your hips. You can do this while sitting in a chair or lying down on your bed.
Wear clothes that are loose fitting and have elastic waistbands.
Choose wrap-around clothing instead of the pullover type. Also choose clothing that opens in the front, not the back so you don't have to reach behind you.
Wear clothing with large, flat buttons, zippers, or Velcro closures.
Use a button hook to button clothing.
Use a dressing stick if you have shoulder weakness to get your coat or shirt on or off.
Use a zipper pull or attach a leather loop on the end of the zipper to zip pants or jackets.
Wear slip-on shoes or buy elastic shoelaces that allow you to slip your shoes on and off without untying the laces. Use devices such as a sock donner and long-handled shoehorn for additional assistance.
Bathing With Parkinson's Disease
Use a shower chair if necessary.
Use a hand-held hose for showering and bathing.
Use a long-handled sponge or scrubbing brush.
Use soap-on-a-rope, bath mitts, or sponges with soap inside or a soft soap applicator instead of bar soap.
Use lukewarm water, as very hot water can cause fatigue.
Sew straps on towels to make them easier to hold while drying.
Place a non-skid rug on the floor outside the tub to dry your feet so you don't slip.
Put a towel on the back of your chair and rub your back against it to dry. Or, use a terry cloth robe instead of a towel to dry off.
Going to the Bathroom With Parkinson's Disease
If needed, use a bedside commode.
In the bathroom, use an elevated toilet seat and/or safety rails to assist standing from a low surface.
Grooming With Parkinson's Disease
Do all of your grooming (shaving, drying your hair, etc) while sitting.
Use hairbrushes and combs with built-up handles or handles with finger loops.
Use toothbrushes with built-up handles or use an electric toothbrush.