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5 TIPS - Make dressing easier for the elderly with adaptive clothing

5 TIPS - Make dressing easier for the elderly with adaptive clothing

Here are some tips to avoid stress during the task of dressing: 

Introduce them to online shopping

We know that 9% of seniors must be connected to keep in touch with their loved ones, to do their grocery shopping*. What a great opportunity to introduce online shopping. If your loved one has Alzheimer's or any other disease, try to make shopping a pleasant experience. When you look at the options, gather their feedback and let them choose their adaptive clothing features (favorite color, fabric or style). And you can find easily fashion adaptive clothing!

 

Simplicity first 

Some of the most common diseases that can be treated with adaptive clothing include arthritis, incontinence, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, and stroke, among others. Caregivers and family members can help older relatives choose clothes that are easy to put on and take off. Suitable clothing includes elastic-waisted pants, wheelchair pants, open-backed tops and easy-closing shoes that help minimize difficulties when dressing. 

 

See the options that present themselves for them 

If your elderly loved one has dementia, they may have difficulty making decisions or choosing from a wide range of options. Consider making a preselection if you believe there will be too many choices. You also can get fashion tips here! 

 

Opt for a quiet moment 

When your elderly loved one feels frustrated due to a health problem or illness, the best gift you can give them is patience. Try to be positive, open and encouraging to make him feel happy. If he chooses a garment that is not ideal for the situation or time, let him wear it for a while and compliment him to feel encouraged and supported. If something is not dangerous or harmful to him, support the decision, then help him see your point of view. 

 

Plan in the schedule 

As for you, people need to have a schedule. This can help an older person develop a sense of comfort. For caregivers who are time-pressed, having a routine can help give consistency to the day and schedule. With so much to do, caregivers and seniors can both benefit from routines and schedules. Establishing a routine can also reduce stress and anxiety, as seniors will know exactly what will happen and who will help them. It can also promote a sense of security and comfort. 

Read "Some Key Caregivers’ Queries Regarding Dressing Seniors"!

ADAPTIVE CLOTHING 

Ovidis adaptive clothing is designed to make life easier and meet the specific needs of the elderly, handicapped or disabled. 

ADAPTIVE CLOTHING TECHNOLOGY 

With functional features such as snap closures and side-opening pants, suitable clothing can bring relief and comfort to a person who is struggling to dress. 

 

Who can benefit from adaptive clothing? 

If you are a caregiver who dresses an elderly relative every day, the right clothes can help make a world of difference. 

 

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