you’re new to helping someone else get dressed.
While a loved one may prefer lounging around in a nightgown or pajama
pants until noon, starting the day by getting dressed creates an important
routine. Keep a few things in mind when
dressing a loved one. For starters, it helps to remember their dignity. Some
people may feel uncomfortable or embarrassed when getting undressed. For safety purposes, be careful with your
loved one’s weak limbs and soar joints.
Checklist for getting dressed
- Let your
loved one choose their outfits.
- If they
appear confused about what to wear, give them two or three choices.
- Opt for
loose fitting clothing and styles that are easy to wear and remove.
- When shopping for garments,
look for snaps, zippers, Velcro
®, and elastic.
- If your
loved one needs help getting dressed, hand them one item at a time—but it’s a
good idea to let them do as much as they can.
helping someone get dressed, if they have weakness on one side of their body,
start by dressing that side first. With undressing, use the same rule—undress
the weaker side first.