Is your mother or father having difficulty getting dressed or undressed? Have you noticed that they tend to wear the same clothes for days and sometimes actually sleep in them, too? You may be incorrectly making the assumption that they are unaware of what they are doing and possibly experiencing dementia. Discussing the situation with your parent to find out what the underlying reason for this behavior may help.
At home caregivers note that often the underlying reason is not dementia. Your mom or dad may be having difficulty with buttons, zippers, ties and even small snaps and hooks. The cause of the problem may be arthritis in their hands and fingers or diminishing eyesight. You may be thinking your parent is now in need of personal care and are prepared to hire a caregiver until you meet with the at home caregivers and they discuss adaptive clothing with you and your parent.
According to at home caregivers, adaptive clothing may provide your parent the independence they want and need to dress and undress and still look stylish. Studies show it is very important for your loved one to be able to clothe themselves. Your mother or father does not want to feel like an invalid or a dependent adult if they are capable of doing things themselves.
Adaptive clothing is designed in many of the same high fashion styles that your mother or father will like, however, elastic waistband are used for comfort and easy dressing. Most pants and slacks have belt loops to add belts for that extra design sense. These belts are created with a fast release for easy unbuckling.
Designers of adaptive clothing are putting details in the clothing unlike the styles of the past, making the designs affordable and attractive enough for senior citizens to declare their independence in style and comfort.