Simplified Dressing Tips for Seniors
As seniors get older they often have a harder time getting dressed. Buttons, zippers, and other fasteners can be challenging for seniors with limited dexterity, grip strength, or mobility due to age or medical conditions. Tying shoes and performing other activities necessary for wearing certain types of clothing can also become difficult and painful.
Personal care at home is a great way to help seniors maintain their hygiene and their appearance. With personal care at home seniors will have assistance with things like showering and getting dressed so that they can look and feel good. If your senior parent who is aging at home is having trouble with their hygiene or activities of daily living talk to a local care agency about personal care at home.
In addition to personal care at home, seniors may need a wardrobe overhaul to make dressing easier. These five types of clothing are best for seniors because they are typically easier for seniors to put on or take off by themselves:
Velcro Closure Clothing
There are pants, shirts, shoes, and other items made to be easy for seniors or people with disabilities to wear that have Velcro fasteners instead of zippers and buttons. Some also have magnetic fasteners which don’t require seniors to have fine motor control in order to operate. Investing in some alternative closure clothing can allow seniors to keep their independence when it comes to getting dressed.
Elastic Waist Pants And Shorts
Elastic waist pants and shorts have come a long way. These days there are very fashionable skirts, pants, and shorts that have elastic waists which are much easier for seniors to wear than traditional pants and shorts. The stretch of the elastic can also accommodate size and weight changes so that seniors can wear these items for a long time no matter what size they are at a given moment.
Tops that open in the front rather than having to go over a senior’s head can be easier for some seniors who have a hard time lifting their arms over their head. Just make sure that the buttons on the top are large and easy to grip. Or, look for front close shirts with Velcro closure. Zip up tops may be easier for seniors to use if you run a zip tie through the zipper pull. That way seniors just need to grip the zip tie and not the actual pull.
Footwear can be a challenge for seniors, especially those with limited dexterity or mobility issues. Slip-on shoes, such as loafers or shoes with elastic panels, eliminate the need for laces and make it easier for seniors to put on and take off their shoes independently. Choose shoes with a comfortable and supportive design to promote foot health.
For seniors who prefer dresses, wrap dresses are excellent choices. These garments have a front-closure design, often secured with ties or snaps, allowing seniors to put them on and take them off effortlessly. Wrap dresses are not only practical but also stylish, offering a comfortable and elegant option for various occasions. Wrap dresses can also be worn as tops over elastic waist pants so that seniors can have an easy to pull on top.
Seamless or Tagless Clothes
Clothes that have rough seams or sewn-in tags can irritate a senior’s delicate skin. Look for shirts and tees that have no tag in them or remove the tags from shirts that you buy for your senior parent. Make sure that pants are soft and don’t have bulky interior seams that could be uncomfortable on your senior parent’s skin.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Personal Care at Home in Fort Lee, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Applause Home Care today. Call (201) 326-8051
Applause Home Care provides independent, non-franchised quality Home Care for elders and families in and around Fort Lee, Hackensack, Ridgewood, Wyckoff, Paramus, Glen Rock, Pompton Plains, Franklin Lakes, Westwood, Montvale, and Fair Lawn, New Jersey.
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