Instructions for putting on pants ( Ordinary people & some Stage 1 PWPs)
Grasp waistband with both hands. Lower waistband of garment to knee level. Step, with left leg, into left leg hole. Step with right leg into right leg hole. Raise waistband to waist level. Place left tab over right tab and secure with button provided. (Buttoning is a very difficult procedure so don't be discouraged. Detailed instructions for buttoning will be provided later in this manual). Zip up zipper. This, though apparently optional, completes the process.
Instructions for putting on pants (People with Parkinson's)
Grasp waistband with both hands....BOTH hands. Pick up garment again, grasp waistband with both hands, thumb inside, fingers outside. Good. Now lower waistband of garment to knee level. Attempt to raise left foot up over waistband and insert it into left leg hole. Abort! Abort!!!!!!
Start over. This time, lower garment to ankle level,(if possible). Attempt to raise left foot up over waistband and insert it into left leg hole. If successful, repeat the process with the right leg. Use caution here as you are vulnerable to loss of BAL
Get up, Start over. Leaning against a wall or dresser for balance is permissable. This time, hold the waistband with the left hand only, allowing the right side to hang closer to the floor. Now carefully raise right foot over waistband. Steady here, balance is everything!!!!!! If the right foot clears waistband, aim it for the right leg hole. Success!!!!!!! Now, continue on wtih your right foot through the right pant leg until the foot emerges. Uh,Ohh!! Jagged toe-nail on right big toe has hung up on inside of pants cuff. Don't panic! This is a situation common to PWPs, known as "The Flamingo". Many become quite proficient at standing on one leg. The only safe course of action at this time is to (continued on Manual Page 43)