How to Help a Senior with Dementia Get Dressed

Elderly Care Southern Highlands, NV: Dementia and Getting Dressed
Elderly Care Southern Highlands, NV: Dementia and Getting Dressed

Around the end of the early stage of dementia, older adults may begin to have trouble dressing themselves. It might start with them choosing mismatched clothing. Later, they may make choices that are inappropriate to the weather, such as wanting to wear a heavy sweater in the summer. As the disease progresses, the person may be unable to dress themselves because they don’t have the mental or physical skills necessary to complete the task. In addition, seniors with dementia may see dressing as one of the few ways they can maintain their independence. Knowing some strategies to help an older adult with dementia to dress can make it easier. Here are some things that may help. 

Limit Choices 

Having a closet full of clothing to choose from can add to the confusion of the older adult. Instead of simply opening the closet or dresser drawer and asking the senior to pick something, choose two to three tops and bottoms for them to pick from. If you’re concerned about clothing matching, be sure to pick mix and match items. By letting the senior choose their own outfit, you allow them to maintain more of their independence. 

Lay Clothing Out in a Specific Order 

Once an outfit has been chosen, lay it out in the order the senior should put it on. Try lining items up on the bed for them. For example, set out their underwear first, then pants, then shirt, and then socks. As they move along the side of the bed, they’ll come to the next item they need to put on. 

Allow the Senior to Do as Much as Possible 

Let your aging relative do as much as they can on their own. This accomplishes two things. First, it helps the senior to continue to be independent for as long as possible. Second, it lightens the caregiver’s load because they don’t need to help as much.  

Choose Your Battles Wisely 

Think about what kinds of dressing problems really require addressing and which you can just live with. For example, how much does it really matter if the senior wears mismatched clothes as long as they are comfortable? Or, do you really need to worry about them wearing the same sweater day after day as long as it is clean? (Bonus Tip: One way to get around this problem is by purchasing multiples of favorite pieces of clothing, so that you can always have one of them clean.) 

If challenging behaviors, like dressing problems, are exhausting you and making your life harder than it needs to be, elderly care can help to ease some of your burden. Elderly care providers can come to the older adult’s home as often as needed to care for them while family caregivers take a break or attend to other responsibilities. While there, the elderly care provider can assist with things like dressing, bathing, eating, and even doing activities that keep the older adult stimulated and happy. 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elderly Care in Southern Highlands, NV please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.

Sources 

https://www.alz.org/help-support/caregiving/daily-care/dressing-grooming

https://www.caregiver.org/dressing-and-grooming-dementia

https://www.verywellhealth.com/how-to-respond-to-problems-with-dressing-in-dementia-97612

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How to Help a Senior with Dementia Get Dressed

Elderly Care Southern Highlands, NV: Dementia and Getting Dressed
Elderly Care Southern Highlands, NV: Dementia and Getting Dressed

Around the end of the early stage of dementia, older adults may begin to have trouble dressing themselves. It might start with them choosing mismatched clothing. Later, they may make choices that are inappropriate to the weather, such as wanting to wear a heavy sweater in the summer. As the disease progresses, the person may be unable to dress themselves because they don’t have the mental or physical skills necessary to complete the task. In addition, seniors with dementia may see dressing as one of the few ways they can maintain their independence. Knowing some strategies to help an older adult with dementia to dress can make it easier. Here are some things that may help. 

Limit Choices 

Having a closet full of clothing to choose from can add to the confusion of the older adult. Instead of simply opening the closet or dresser drawer and asking the senior to pick something, choose two to three tops and bottoms for them to pick from. If you’re concerned about clothing matching, be sure to pick mix and match items. By letting the senior choose their own outfit, you allow them to maintain more of their independence. 

Lay Clothing Out in a Specific Order 

Once an outfit has been chosen, lay it out in the order the senior should put it on. Try lining items up on the bed for them. For example, set out their underwear first, then pants, then shirt, and then socks. As they move along the side of the bed, they’ll come to the next item they need to put on. 

Allow the Senior to Do as Much as Possible 

Let your aging relative do as much as they can on their own. This accomplishes two things. First, it helps the senior to continue to be independent for as long as possible. Second, it lightens the caregiver’s load because they don’t need to help as much.  

Choose Your Battles Wisely 

Think about what kinds of dressing problems really require addressing and which you can just live with. For example, how much does it really matter if the senior wears mismatched clothes as long as they are comfortable? Or, do you really need to worry about them wearing the same sweater day after day as long as it is clean? (Bonus Tip: One way to get around this problem is by purchasing multiples of favorite pieces of clothing, so that you can always have one of them clean.) 

If challenging behaviors, like dressing problems, are exhausting you and making your life harder than it needs to be, elderly care can help to ease some of your burden. Elderly care providers can come to the older adult’s home as often as needed to care for them while family caregivers take a break or attend to other responsibilities. While there, the elderly care provider can assist with things like dressing, bathing, eating, and even doing activities that keep the older adult stimulated and happy. 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elderly Care in Southern Highlands, NV please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.

Sources 

https://www.alz.org/help-support/caregiving/daily-care/dressing-grooming

https://www.caregiver.org/dressing-and-grooming-dementia

https://www.verywellhealth.com/how-to-respond-to-problems-with-dressing-in-dementia-97612



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