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Slippers and socks

This review is not specific about makes of slippers and socks, but types and designs. I have found that certain things work better and worse since being in bed and a wheelchair, so I wanted to save others that ‘learning curve.’

First socks, when you spend most of your time in bed or a wheelchair, your feet will swell. Plus having other people put your socks on, it’s a good idea to take pity on them. For those two reasons I have two bits of advice.

1/ buy socks about two sizes bigger than your feet. I am a size 9 and usually get size 6-11 socks, instead I now buy size 12 or 12-14. I also make sure they are loose topped ones, these are often advertised as being for diabetes or swollen legs. Believe me your feet and ankles will thank you, as will your Carers. I am also amazed that they never seem big on me.

Second I have given up on shoes. I figure that as I am not needing soles and if it rains I have waterproof covers, then slippers are warmer and cosier. Plus it’s a lot easier to buy easy open slippers. Look for ones that have Velcro and open completely up. (See photo.)

They are easy for your carer to put on and they can be done up very loosely, again a big advantage. In winter when it’s very cold I have 100% wool slippers, they don’t open up, but they are very large for my feet, so easy to put on. When I have worn these in nursing homes and disability hotels, other guests have always asked where I got them. Have a guess? Yes, Amazon, I get most things from them. But I also return anything that doesn’t work.

This is only a short review to highlight the importance of oversized socks with loose tops and easy open cozy slippers when you are in a wheelchair or a bed.

Slippers and socks

This review is not specific about makes of slippers and socks, but types and designs. I have found that certain things work better and worse since being in bed and a wheelchair, so I wanted to save others that ‘learning curve.’

First socks, when you spend most of your time in bed or a wheelchair, your feet will swell. Plus having other people put your socks on, it’s a good idea to take pity on them. For those two reasons I have two bits of advice.

1/ buy socks about two sizes bigger than your feet. I am a size 9 and usually get size 6-11 socks, instead I now buy size 12 or 12-14. I also make sure they are loose topped ones, these are often advertised as being for diabetes or swollen legs. Believe me your feet and ankles will thank you, as will your Carers. I am also amazed that they never seem big on me.

Second I have given up on shoes. I figure that as I am not needing soles and if it rains I have waterproof covers, then slippers are warmer and cosier. Plus it’s a lot easier to buy easy open slippers. Look for ones that have Velcro and open completely up. (See photo.) They are easy for your carer to put on and they can be done up very loosely, again a big advantage. In winter when it’s very cold I have 100% wool slippers, they don’t open up, but they are very large for my feet, so easy to put on. When I have worn these in nursing homes and disability hotels, other guests have always asked where I got them. Have a guess? Yes, Amazon, I get most things from them. But I also return anything that doesn’t work.

This is only a short review to highlight the importance of oversized socks with loose tops and easy open cozy slippers when you are in a wheelchair or a bed. I am not saying buy the same makes I have shown, although they work for me, they are just examples.

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