For the last year, I have been steadily improving in being more self sufficient...showering, putting on shorts, long pants, shirts, and even shoes with the help of a long shoehorn. However, my nemesis has been socks! No matter how I approached that task, I simply Can. Not. Bend! This made self-socking a distant memory. Linda has been so wonderful doing this task for me, but I needed another solution. While we were in the hospital with my femur pinning, an occupational therapist came in, and after a short discussion she disappeared and then reappeared with the "sock-putter-onner-thing-a-ma-jig". Pictured above, it is a simple device consisting of a firm plastic sleeve with two ropes/handles. No batteries, hydraulics, electronics or nuclear power! I was skeptical until I tried it. I was hooked immediately.
First, place the sock over the sleeve, making sure that the toe of the sock is stretched across the end of the sleeve:
Next, position the sleeve with the opening up and the ropes back to each hand. Place foot in opening:
Now, pull gently on the ropes while pointing your toe:
Keep pulling the ropes and the sleeve will slide its way up the back of your ankle:
One last little pull and the sleeve is out and perfect socking has occurred:
There is joy in Muddville! This little beauty works on both short and long socks and works perfect everytime. It will allow my current sock assistant some time to do other tasks:
My many thanks to the creative soul who came up with this simple, yet ingenious, device. Now if we could only settle on what name to call it.