As dementia progresses, the level of assistance for dressing changes. Try comfortable, loose fitting clothes that are easy to put on. Stay away from buttons and zippers. Play some music to encourage movement with getting that arm through the sleeve! If the person has a weaker side, dress the weak side of their body and then the strong side. Make sure the person has non-slip, comfortable shoes. Consider Velcro fastenings instead of laced shoes.
Maintain independence by asking the person to choose between two shirts. Provide gestures to help through the process and compliment when the you are done. When a person looks nice, they are going to feel better about themselves. #DementiaTipThursday