Sock Puller @ SRC

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from: Longevity Explorers | Saratoga Retirement Community

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Saratoga Retirement Explorers discuss a device intended to help persons with limited range of motion pull up their socks.

The opening question is, "Do you have trouble putting on your socks?" One member starts by saying, "I have to sit down." But when the discussion turns to a mechanical device intended to help the process of putting on socks, members are heard making comments both pro and con: 

  • "It is hopelessly complicated." 
  • "Very simple. Place the sock over it, then pull the string up." 
  • It is hard to operate, but if one is without assistance, it is better than saying, "I can't do it."
  • "One must be very patient, as it requires a degree of coordination that may not be possible."  
  • "Took half an hour."  
  • "Very difficult. Useless if intended for people with limited range of motion."

One member speaks positively from her personal experience. "It was helpful when I broke my hip." The group observed that the device would be better if designed with rigid guides (vs. ropes) to draw up the sock. Overall, the members struggle to understand just how it works and conclude that its proper use is not so obvious.

In summary, the task is probably made unnecessarily difficult in the absence of an instruction sheet. Next time we will consult the instructions.







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