5.4.4 Personal Grooming and Hygiene Case Study

This case study is adapted from a real situation. All names are aliases, and any identifiers are removed for privacy.

Case Study

Ms. Wong is a 44-year-old female recovering from a stroke that affects her left side. There is severe weakness on her left side, but she is able to move her arm and leg with help. She is working with a physical therapist and gradually gaining more range of motion and strength.

Your Task

Answer the following question:

    • When assisting Ms. Wong to dress, which arm and leg goes into the garment first?

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A man clasps hands with a woman in a wheelchair.
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The affected side goes into the garment first, allowing for less strain on the limb, and allowing for sensitivity differences which may not allow the person to feel if the muscles are stretched. In contrast, the non-affected limb would be able to sense pain and stop the movement prior to injury.


Ms. Wong continued to improve to the point that she was able to dress herself with support.


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