If your or a relative has physical problems, which means they are struggle with ordinary buttons and small openings, there is a range of adapted clothing with special features that can help. For example, zips and Velcro are both easier to fasten than small buttons or shoelaces; easier still are clothes that don’t require fastening at all.
You might like to consider some of our best-selling Adaptawear adapted clothing for both men and women to help with independent and assisted dressing:
- magnetic buttons on shirt
- open back clothing – dresses, nightwear, shirts and blouse
- elastic shoelaces
- Velcro Drop Front Trousers or Elasticated Trousers
- bras and underwear with front fastenings or side openings
Dressing tips for those who are partially sighted
If your relative is partially sighted, good organisation is key to making the dressing routine as simple as possible.
It’s crucial that your relative organises their own clothes – perhaps with your help – as the best organisation in the world won’t help if he or she isn’t familiar with the system.
As a first step, chat about how happy they are with their current clothes situation. This is particularly important if their sight is deteriorating or the eyesight problem is a recent one.
It may be helpful for you to go through his or her wardrobe together to check that the clothes don’t have holes or stains, as this may be something they’re not able to check themselves and that could be a source of anxiety.
Dressing tips for those with dementia
If your relative has dementia, any, and how much, help they will need with dressing depends on how advanced their dementia is.
If your relative has just been diagnosed with dementia, it’s important to encourage a morning and evening routine of washing and dressing to ensure he or she understands and can relate to the time of day. It’s particularly important to encourage independence and choice as much as possible.
Perhaps your relative only needs simple prompts at this stage, or they may appreciate you laying out the clothes that they need to wear and then they can finish getting dressed themselves.
If your relative’s condition changes, it may be necessary to change the amount of help you, or a care worker, provides for them. At the later stage of dementia, you may need to hand your loved one each item of clothing in order for them to manage to get dressed.
The importance of labels
Clearly labelled clothing storage can be very helpful for someone with dementia, particularly drawers and cupboards.
It’s also a good idea to check that the clothes are stored neatly and within easy reach, as all of this will help your relative get dressed.