Five Tips for Making it Easier for Your Senior to Get Dressed
By Kevin Edwards, President
At some point you may find yourself helping your elderly family member to get dressed on a daily basis. If you handle this the wrong way, you’re both likely to get frustrated and say things you don’t mean. So it’s important to go about this the right way from the start.
Give Her Some Choices
Choices make a big difference in most situations for your elderly family member, but especially with something as personal as dressing. If she feels as if you’re just forcing her into one outfit, she’s probably going to resist. Make sure she has options and honor those options.
Don’t Rush Dressing
There are always going to be times when you’re unexpectedly in a rush. But whenever you can, make sure that you leave plenty of time for your senior to get dressed. This shows her a level of respect and dignity that make the entire process of you helping her get dressed much more bearable.
Lay out Clothing in an Order that Makes Sense
If she’s still able to do most things on her own, you might want to help by laying out her clothing for her. Doing so with an order that makes sense helps. For instance, leave outerwear at the bottom of the stack and put undergarments on top. That way as she works her way through, she’s ready for the next step.
Adjust Her Wardrobe
Your elderly family member may still be able to dress herself for the most part if you adjust her wardrobe. Opting for clothing that pulls on rather than clothing that uses tiny buttons is a big difference. Take your senior’s challenges into account and determine what might help her to experience greater success with dressing.
Get Some Outside Help
Some aging adults just don’t like having family members helping them to get dressed. If it’s making your senior uncomfortable, hiring senior care providers can be an important step. Senior care providers can help her to get dressed while maintaining her dignity and she may feel less annoyed with the process. That allows you and your senior to have friendlier interactions instead of fighting over getting dressed.
Remember to pay attention to how dressing goes for your senior. Small changes can take time to add up for your senior, but if you’re looking for issues you can often put solutions in place quickly. Remember that if you’re patient with the dressing process, your senior may be able to keep her patience, too.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Senior Care Services in the Independence MO area, please contact the caring staff at Elder Care of Kansas City, today. Proudly serving Jackson, Clay, Platte and Cass Counties in Missouri as well as Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas for over 30 years. Call us at 816-333-3322.
Kevin Edwards, President
Kevin’s life and the lives of his immediate family have been impacted by caregivers – either as a patient or a caregiver – for as long as he can remember. He watched his mother take care of his grandmother until her death at the age of 97. Five years later, his father passed from a neurological disorder that was subsequently confirmed as Lewy Body Dementia. In 2007, his wife, Lori, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The symptoms of Lori’s disease required Kevin to hire a caregiver during the periods of her relapses.
Prior to purchasing Elder Care, Kevin spent over 20 years in the health insurance industry. In his most recent position, he was in a financial operations role with Humana where he worked with doctors, nurses and other health professionals developing programs to keep Humana members healthy. Their focus on primary care and medication adherence improved the lives of thousands of seniors in Kansas City and the surrounding area.