If you are enrolling in a short-term rehabilitation center after an accident or medical incident, then you will likely be spending the majority of your time in various forms of therapy to help speed up your recovery. During most of your therapy sessions, you will want to wear loose, comfortable clothing. This will allow you to move freely and also allow your therapists and nurses to assist you as necessary. However, you should also consider bringing one dressier outfit with you to your rehabilitation center. Below are three reasons why you may want to dress up on occasion.
To Practice Getting Dressed
If you are recovering fine motor skills, you may find that you have difficulty zipping zippers or buttoning buttons. Bringing a set of clothes that has these items on them can allow you to practice getting dressed. This can make you feel more prepared to return home and dress yourself on a daily basis. However, if this is too difficult, you may want to invest in a pair of slacks or a skirt with an elastic waistband and a front-closing shirt with snaps rather than buttons. You will still want to practice dressing yourself in these types of clothing before you return home.
To Feel More Normal
After suffering an injury or illness, it is common to experience feelings of frustration and depression while you recover. While you are in the rehabilitation center you may wonder when you will regain certain abilities and be able to care for yourself. Bringing clothes that make you look and feel more like your usual self can help you work through these feelings and combat symptoms of depression. You may want to consider bringing your favorite outfit or an outfit that you associate with positive emotions for this reason.
To Receive Visitors
Most rehabilitation centers have liberal visitation hours and encourage visitors to help you progress with your rehabilitation and keep your spirits high. If you plan to receive visitors, you may want to bring clothing that makes you feel sociable. Additionally, if your children or grandchildren will be visiting you, you may want to dress up in clothes that they would recognize you in to reduce the amount of stress they experience concerning your recovery.
While the majority of your rehabilitation clothing should be loose, comfortable clothing, you should also consider packing a nicer outfit or a few sets of more formal clothing.