The mental and physical ability to select and dress oneself in proper clothes for different occasions and appropriately for the weather is a basic Activity of Daily Living (ADLs).
Our caregivers are trained and experienced in helping choose appropriate clothing and assisting with dressing as required by the situation.
We encourage our clients to dress themselves as much as possible and help where help is needed.
Using adaptive equipment such as a button hook and shoehorn to ease dressing.
Signs Dressing Assistance Is Needed
You may know your loved one needs assistance getting dressed or have noticed the signs:
Changes in Physical Function
• Difficulty getting up from a seated position or difficulty with walking, balance and mobility and make it impossible to put on socks, underwear, or pull up pants.
• Vision issues may cause mom not to notice that the dress she wants to wear is dirty and stained.
• Buttons, belts, and zippers can become difficult and tying shoes impossible.
Changes in Mental Status
• Inappropriate clothing choices, such as a heavy coat in hot weather or shorts/t-shirt in winter.
These issues can be temporary or long-term.
Family Caregiver Dressing Tips
Our caregivers are professionals with the training and experience in dressing your loved one.
These are our tips for the family caregiver dressing their loved one:
• Follow a routine and tell them what you are doing prior to doing it.
• Dress the person from a seated position.
• Encourage the person to dress themselves as much as possible and help where help is needed. For example, they may not be able to put on pants or underwear, but they may be able to pull them up once they are above the knees.
• Before you begin, lay out the clothes in the order in which it will be put on. Underwear would be on top, and pants/shirts would be on the bottom. If necessary, cue the person by telling him/her what piece of clothing will be put on next.
• Do not rush the person by pulling clothes on or off, but keep a steady pace. Especially in cases of Alzheimer’s or Dementia, if the process takes too long an issue may arise before they are completely dressed.
• Dress the weaker side first.
• Buy clothes that are easy to put on and take off, that are soft and stretchable, such pants with elastic waistbands, shoes that close with Velcro or slip-on shoes. A skirt or loose-fitting dress can be easier for a woman to put on and pull up when using the bathroom. Clothing that fastens in the front is easier to put on than clothing that goes over the head.
• Empty the closet of clothes that are no longer appropriate or too difficult to put on and take off. This will make it easier to choose an outfit without being distracted by too many choices.
• Use bras that open and close in the front.
• Use tube socks.
• A person with dementia will often want to wear the same outfit for many days. Buying duplicate outfits can help the caregiver change clothes without a fight. When taking clothes off at night, put the dirty clothes in the laundry, so they are not seen in the morning when the person is dressing.
Additional Family Caregiver Resources
For additional Family Caregiver tips please see our directory of Online Resources.
About Unique HomeCare Services
Unique HomeCare Services provides in-home care for elders, those with special needs, and people who are recuperating from illness, injury, or surgery.
We offer a full range of in-home care services such as personal care, grooming and incontinence care, bathing and dressing, post-hospitalization care, Alzheimer’s and Dementia care, and medication management.
We also provide non-medical support services such as meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping, caring companionship, shopping/errands, accompanying to medical and other appointments, as well as case management services.
It is our pleasure to assist our veteran clients with VA Aid and Attendance Benefit approval at no cost.
Our service area is Boston, Norwood, Dedham, Westwood, Walpole, Canton, Sharon, Stoughton, Avon, Braintree, Easton, Milton, Quincy, Weymouth, and surrounding towns.
To schedule a no cost and no obligation full In-Home Assessment to determine the home care needs of you or your loved one please call us at (800) 296-9962 to speak to a Case Manager or fill out our Free Quote Contact Form.