Personal grooming

How to get dressed

Every night, leave your robe and slippers (or shoes and socks) and underwear where they are easy to reach in the morning. Before getting up, do some dressing while sitting on the edge of the bed.

  • Sit on a chair or the bed to finish getting dressed.
  • Do not wear belts or tight clothing.
  • Wear slip-on shoes. Your favorite lace-up shoes can be changed to slip-ons by using elastic shoelaces.

Shower illustration

How to take a bath or shower

  • Use a bath bench to sit on in the shower.
  • Use grab bars/no-slip strips for your safety.
  • Use lukewarm water instead of hot water to reduce steam and keep your muscles from becoming too relaxed.
  • Use a shower extension hose or hand-held shower.
  • Wrap up in a terry cloth towel or robe instead of drying yourself.
  • Use oxygen in the shower if you use oxygen when you are active. Put the oxygen tubing over the shower rod to keep it out of the way.
  • You can take a sponge bath instead of a tub bath. It is not necessary to get wet all over to get clean.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Heart Failure, fifth edition, 1-931876-20-7
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 05/01/2015