Perhaps you’ve noticed your aging dad hasn’t changed his clothes in a few days. Or, you’ve had to help him out with buttons mismatching their button holes. Possibly, you’ve wondered why it takes him so long to get ready in the morning. All these clues point to the fact that your elderly father is struggling to dress himself and may be too proud to say so.
Many seniors reach a point in their lives due to physical limitations and mobility issues that they can hardly get themselves dressed and undressed each day. It’s the symptom of a bigger problem that may lead family caregivers like you to consider hiring in-home care for all your dad’s day-to-day needs, including getting dressed.
Why Do Seniors Need Help Dressing Themselves?
Because of the chronic illnesses and age-related physical issues that pop up in old age, many elderly adults get to a point where they cannot dress themselves easily. From bad eyesight and arthritic hands to partial paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, or the after-effects of a stroke, lots of health issues can limit a senior’s ability to be flexible and dexterous.
Some clothing becomes too complicated for physically-challenged seniors, such as buttons on a shirt, tying shoelaces, fastening a bra, and even bending over to put on socks. There are definitely things that family caregivers like you can do to help their aging loved ones enjoy fresh clean clothes each day and stay looking their best.
Helping Elderly Adults Get Dressed.
Family caregivers first need to provide their elderly loved one with simple clothing that fits. They should eliminate anything that doesn’t work, physically or visually. Family caregivers should also invest in simple clothing for their elderly relatives, such as pants with elastic waists and blouses and shirts with snaps instead of buttons. With many different adaptive clothing options on the market, aging adults can compile a wardrobe that is not as challenging to put on.
Various dressing aids are available to help seniors with getting dressed. The more they can do on their own, the higher their self-esteem will be, because they are staying as independent as possible. A dressing stick can pull pants up from the floor to the waist, while a sock aid holds a sock open for their foot to go in. Other assistive devices for dressing include long shoehorns and button pullers.
For those seniors who are so physically limited that they cannot do many of these tasks themselves, family caregivers can hire home care providers. These home care providers can come in every morning and help seniors get ready for the day, including helping with showers, dressing, grooming, and hygiene. Chances are, the aging adult needs lots of help around the house, too. Home care providers can assist with light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, and companionship.
It’s hard to see your aging father reach the point where he needs help getting dressed. However, with a thoughtful wardrobe, assistive devices, and a home care provider, you can make his life a lot easier when it comes to dressing every day.