Your elderly loved one might find herself with a variety of different wardrobe issues as she grows older. Most are manageable as long as you set up a system for dealing with her clothing.
Make Getting Dressed a Part of Every Day
Some elderly loved ones can fall into the habit of not getting dressed at all. This is especially true if your loved one doesn’t go anywhere during the day. Start making getting dressed a regular part of every day and your loved one will get into the habit of putting even comfortable clothes on daily.
Pare Down Your Loved One’s Wardrobe
Double check your loved one’s wardrobe. If there is any clothing in her dresser or closet that doesn’t fit, is damaged, or otherwise just doesn’t work for her anymore, it’s time to let it go. Make sure that you enlist your loved one’s help in paring down her wardrobe so that she’s involved in the decision-making process.
Give Her a Limited Choice When Getting Dressed
Some elderly loved ones become paralyzed by too many choices when it comes to getting dressed. This is especially true if your loved one has other issues, such as dementia. To make the situation easier for your loved one, give her limited choices when it’s time to get dressed. Instead of asking your loved one to pick out something to wear, give her two options from which to choose.
Arrange Clothing in Order
If your loved one has difficulty determining the right order in which to do certain tasks, such as getting dressed, how you lay the clothing out can give her the context clues that she needs. lay the clothing out so that the last item she needs to put on is on the bottom, with the clothes she needs to put on first on the top of the pile.
Let Other People Who Help Know the System
You may not always be the only one who helps your loved one get dressed, so the more people who know her system, the better. People who need to know this information are usually other family members or senior care providers.
The easier you can make it for your loved one to cope with her wardrobe, the better for everyone.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Bordentown, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.