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!
- 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!)
- 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.
- 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!