I think Mom needs help getting dressed. What do I do?

I think Mom needs help getting dressed. What do I do?

If you’ve ever helped a senior get dressed, or you happen to be someone in that category, you know it can be a tough situation. Here are some tips to make this awkward dance a little less awkward and easier for everyone. 

  1. The person who wears the clothes picks out the clothes! My grandfather looked like a hobo most days but it was a look he had spent more than 70 years crafting. Trying to get him to change now would have only led to arguments and grief! He would have preferred to wear a flannel with holes in the elbows instead of the brand new ones in his closet we had purchased.  (However, if dementia is a concern, offering 2 sets as a choice usually works. And set them out in advance because the decision can sometimes take a little bit of time.)
  2. Take the process slow and steady! It must take a friend of mine 10 minutes to put on his socks, but that’s ok! As long as he is safe and balanced, he doesn’t need any help. Trousers, support hose, and even a t-shirt can take a few extra minutes for someone with a bad shoulder or arthritis in the hand.
  3. Always remember that arthritis does not like buttons, zippers, and hooks! Consider options from home care websites that feature hidden Velcro, elastic waistbands, and slip-on shoes. 

Helping someone get dressed can be a delicate situation, especially if it’s a parent. Needing someone to help you get dressed can be worse, especially if it’s one of your kids.

Danbury Senior Living has trained and caring team members who specialize in these kind of things. Let us do the work so you can enjoy life! Give us a call today to learn how we can help during these times.

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