An estimated 45% of American seniors aged 85 and older are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease with 1 in 10 individuals aged 65 and over suffering from this as well. The most common cause of dementia among adults, Alzheimer’s disease’s notable symptoms include memory loss, difficulty speaking or expressing themselves, and issues with handling daily tasks such as wearing clothes. Hence, it would be of paramount importance that we do all we can to help them manage their physical needs. In that case, what can you do to help loved ones get dressed?
Your loved ones struggling with illnesses may struggle to handle basic daily chores such as dressing, and hence we should be understanding towards their feelings and give them the time and patience they deserve. Allowing more time for dressing and undressing helps reduce their stress, helping make their day more relaxed and enjoyable, improving their cooperation in these tasks. Common health conditions often result in them requiring more time to get dressed, with impairments like dementia preventing your loved ones from having the right sequencing of wearing their clothes down comfortably. Loss of flexibility and mobility can also result in pain during these tasks, hence we need to be considerate of their respective needs and give them the time and patience they need.
Check for skin issues before helping them get dressed. Redness, irritation, and pressure sores can quickly develop in those who struggle with moving around and can result in great discomfort and pain for your loved ones. Pay attention to the buttocks, shoulder blades, heels, and elbows when dressing them as this skin breakdown can result in wounds and infections on them.
When someone is suffering from cognitive impairments such as dementia, they may become combative when being dressed. Their impairments may result in them feeling aggressive, and hence it would be useful to adjust your approach to clothing to make them more comfortable with the entire process. Perhaps avoid standing in front of them as it may make them feel defensive and hence combative during the dressing process. Or perhaps they may feel uncomfortable if they are unable to see you, hence making them feel startled or scared and hence may exhibit aggressive behaviors as a result. Adjust your approach accordingly based on their responses to help them through this process.
Senior Living at Rittenhouse Village At Northside
Here at Rittenhouse Village At Northside, we offer Senior Assisted Living, providing your loved one with the benefits of extra assistance with daily living activities. Residents enjoy professional care services 24/7, regular housekeeping and maintenance, and a full calendar of activities, just to name a few services provided. With our experienced team capable of meeting any of your loved one’s needs, from clothing them to medication management and showering assistance, do not hesitate to join our vibrant community. Feel free to contact us for any further questions!