Obviously this is not something you would do in clinicals, but is a funny but effective way to get those darn things on... maybe something you could pass along to your patients.
One of my Home Health patients needed TED's and his wife had to apply them, and her hands were arthritic. She came up with this... (note - this only works if they are the open-toed type)
1) put powder inside an empty bread bag or plastic newspaper bag (WARNING - cannot do this if the patient has any open areas on the legs)
2) place the powdered bag over the patients foot and calf
3) slide the TED hose over the bag and then pull the bag out through the hole in the toe of the TED.
VOILA! Surprisingly easy application. You know what they say, necessity is the mother of invention.