How to Dress and Groom Someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Have you wondered what it is like for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia to get dressed? The simple, daily routines we take for granted are an obstacle to patients suffering from these disease. These tasks of getting dressed and brushing teeth turn into a hassle because of the many choices that are available.

Mentally, what we see as an easy task is an overwhelming and paralyzing burden for these patients. Families are overwhelmed by the difficulty, but they want to help. Nevertheless, there are advice groups and resources to guide you.

These tips can be found on the Alzheimer’s Association page.

  1. Hand the person the clothing and provide them with step by step instructions.
  2. Find easy to wear apparel like Velcro shoes
  3. Be patient
  4. Be flexible with a person with Alzheimer’s. For instance, if a person wants to wear the same outfit multiple days in the row focus on the positives.
  5. Encourage independence
  6. Use simple grooming tools
  7. Avoid uncomfortable clothing
  8. Be wary of the weather because people with Dementia or Alzheimer’s do not regulate their body temperature
  9. Maintain grooming routines
  10. Use favorite toiletries like toothpaste, perfume, and razors.

The main point is to make the person feel independent while not stressing them out.

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