Caregivers should look for loose fitting clothing with minimal fastenings. Cotton clothing is comfortable, cool, and easy to clean, which makes it an ideal choice for senior garments. Caregivers should also look for comfortable, nonslip shoes and clothing with large front-fasteners like Velcro and zippers.
Tips: Place the sleeve of the shirt as high as possible on the person’s shoulder of the affected arm to facilitate dressing or undressing. Make use of simple dressing aids such as dressing stick, long handled shoe horn and easi-reacher if available. Clothes should be comfortable and loose-fitting.
Instruct the patient to dress the strong side of the body first. For example, if the patient is stronger on the right side, have him or her place their right arm in the right sleeve first. Again, allow the patient to complete as much of the task as possible without assistance.
Choose fabrics such as cotton and even silks or chiffons that are better at wicking away moisture and are more breathable in humid climates. Keep clothing easy to put on and take off.
Try khaki slacks, a sweater vest, and bow tie to go as an old man.
During the dressing process, caregivers should always close the door and curtains. To ensure seniors don’t feel cold, caregivers should make sure the room is relatively warm. Caregivers should support seniors when they want to do things themselves, as this gives them a feeling of independence.
Place all dirty clothes in hamper. As you put on their shirt, encourage the patient to help on their weak side. Continually make sure that the patient is covered and not exposed with the towel. Put the sleeve of the shirt on weak side of the patient first.
We will use the acronym “ U.S.A. First ” to remember how to dress a resident with a weak arm. U = Undress, S = Strong, A = Arm. So Undress Strong Arm First. If you undress the strong arm first, the soiled clothing will slide easily off the weaker arm, without a lot of motion required.
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When selecting clothing for older people, consider: • the person’s need for clothing that he or she enjoys. clothing that enhances appearance, in- creases independence, allows for function, and provides comfort. quality as well as quantity of clothing.
Clothes should be stain resistant, easily washable and wrinkle resistance as the elders may not have enough energy to launder their clothes frequently. Thus, we find that age is an important factor in selection of clothes.