The RMS Stick
The first dressing stick we examined is the Royal Medical Solutions option- it is a USA-made assistance device. Skimming their product description, we see that it is a vinyl coated with a push and pull hook that bends a bit to help when you are putting on your skirts, socks, pants or shirts.
It's 28 inches long and marketed towards individuals who are suffering from medical issues that impair their mobility- perhaps a recent surgery that causes them to temporarily require dressing assistance.
- One reviewer who is undergoing hip surgery subsequently had trouble putting on their underwear or socks- used it in conjunction with a grabber stick so that they can maintain independent living without relying on caregivers or family for help.
- Another buyer relied on an occupational therapist to help them figure out the best way to employ it- they praised its durable construction and functionality, although some buyers suspect that the hook in the socket will eventually break.
- Another disabled buyer recommended it as a truly a multi-purpose assistance device- he also says that because of the vinyl coating, it does help ensure fabrics aren't ruined by it.
The second dressing stick we examined is manufactured by Ableware- it's marketed to work for disabled individuals who need some help taking off their clothes and putting them on. It is engineered, they say, for buyers who are suffering from range of movement disorders or have use of only one arm or hand.
- One buyer wondered whether he could extend the length of this dressing stick, though buyers say you have to perform an adaptation to work with different, aftermarket reaching elements.
- One reviewer said that in terms of using it to put on your pants, the way they've done it is by laying their jeans on the floor in front of them, inserting their feet into the legs, and then employing the hook to drag them up your lower torso so you can use your hands to pull them entirely on.
- This item has received somewhat mixed feedback with one buyer who had undergone back surgery and couldn't bend over discovering that the tip broke off when they were trying to use it to pull on a sock.
- On the other hand, another spinal surgery patient recommends it over traditional grabber tools for assisting getting dressed- she says it took some practice using the hook but once proficient she's able to recommend it as a multi-purpose dressing assistance device.
- While buyers say it won't help you button buttons or zipper up skirts, the L-shaped end is good for blunter uses like socks, dresses, and pants.
The third option is the Mohawk USA dressing stick- it's 26 inches long, weighing less than 5 ounces with a foam grip. As opposed to the other options, buyers say that it can be used for buttons and zippers.
While it doesn't ship with instructions, reviewers tell us that watching some YouTube videos and fiddling around with it on your own you can discover a variety of applications for this device.
- Again, we discovered somewhat mixed feedback- one buyer complained that its large hook end became bent and then required straightening.
- A wheelchair-bound man tells us he employed it to maneuver the foot rest on his wheelchair.
- Another buyer who would undergone invasive shoulder surgery and as a result experienced limited mobility during his recuperation employed it for removing socks and various reaching tasks.
- Yet another buyer brings it along whenever they shop- it helps them when trying on clothes at Macy's and Bloomingdale's.
The fourth dressing stick is actually part of a kit that includes a shoe horn. Buyers say that they prefer this to a wooden handled dressing stick, which they note often suffers from inflexibility issues. It uses foam to ensure your grip is comfortable and doesn't slip- Plus its rubber construction ensures that it will not damage fabrics.
The RMS Kit
The last option we examined is the Royal Medical Solutions Deluxe kit-besides just a dressing stick, it also ships with a reacher, a sock aid, and an extra-long shoehorn. In addition, it ships with a clip so that you can attach it to rollators, wheelchairs, walkers and even bed assistance rails.
- One buyer who had her hip replaced bought this bundle to help her during a lengthy recuperation process that required she avoid bending or strenuous movements.
- She praises the quality of its grabber, complimenting it's sturdiness and ease-of-use, saying that its curved jaw makes it simple to grab onto things.
- As well, the sock aid has helped her remove compression stockings post surgery- these types of stockings are often times a real challenge to remove because of how tight they are.
- Another buyer who had undergone a spinal procedure was told by their physical rehabilitation therapist that they had to avoid twisting, lifting and bending- they purchased this kit to help ensure they complied with the post-surgical requirements.
- Another buyer whose elderly mother lives in a senior care facility purchased this kit after she had fallen and injured herself- it provided a variety of tools that helped his senior citizen mother cope with daily living challenges.
- Other buyers recommend purchasing the components separately- one reviewer criticized the quality of the grabber, complaining that it suffered from prong alignment issues.