Helping a senior get dressed

Question: I think mom needs help getting dressed, what do I do?

If you’ve ever helped a senior get dressed, you know it can be a tough situation. If you’re a senior who has a hard time, you know what I’m talking about! Here are some tips to make this awkward dance a little less awkward!

  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! (However, if dementia is a concern, offering 2 sets as a choice might work!)
  2. Take the process slowly! It must take a friend of mine 10 minutes to put on his socks- but that’s ok! As long as he’s safe and balanced he doesn’t need any help.
  3. 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 is even worse, especially if it’s on of your kids.

Stow-Glen has the largest staff in the area to help with these awkward and potentially embarrassing situations- we know what to do and how to handle it- we’ve been doing it since 1984! Let us know if we can help- call today!