Marco’s father had always prided himself in his neat and clean appearance, but as he aged it became more difficult for him to dress himself. This was a real blow to his father’s self-esteem, but his arthritis and poor balance always seemed to thwart his best efforts. Marco’s father was growing increasingly frustrated and angry with himself.
The in-home elder care provider talked to Marco about getting some dressing aids to help his father become a little more self-sufficient when it came to getting dressed. However, Marco wasn’t sure about it but after doing some research and consulting with his father’s physical therapist, Marco got a few dressing aids for his father to try. While he still needed an elderly care provider for some tasks, Marco’s father loved being able to do more for himself.
Getting older and less self-reliant is very hard on an elderly person’s self-esteem. After all, they’ve been able to take care of themselves for decades, but chronic illness, injury and disease can thwart even their best efforts. One of the more frustrating self-care tasks that seniors may struggle with is getting dressed on their own. Family caregivers need to recognize the connection between self-care and self-esteem and do everything they can to help their elderly loved ones out.
Many elderly adults develop health problems in their later years that interfere with their normal, everyday life. These physical challenges limit their ability to grab, bend, twist, and do fine motor tasks. This can make getting dressed very difficult. Some of the more common health problems that can prevent seniors from dressing themselves include vertigo, poor eyesight, osteoporosis, arthritis, weakened muscles, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and dementia. Even recovering from surgery can limit an aging adult’s ability to dress themselves.
Family caregivers can take several approaches when it comes to helping a loved one get dressed. The first thing to do is investigate adaptive tools designed for getting dressed. These include devices like grabbing sticks, dressing sticks, sock aids, shoe aids and button hooks. These simple tools have a big impact on an elderly adult’s ability to pull up pants and skirts, put on their own shoes and socks, button and buckle, and extend their reach as needed. These adaptive tools give seniors a chance to do as much as they can themselves.
Family caregivers can also hire an elderly care provider to help with their aging loved one’s needs. They are professionals that are trained to help seniors with tasks around the house they find to be difficult. Elderly care providers can assist with bathing, dressing, grooming and hygiene, stepping in where the aging adult can’t quite complete the task. They can help the senior get dressed, letting them do as much as they can on their own, then being there for the most difficult parts.
No matter what combination of help an aging person receives when getting dressed, they’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when they succeed.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN SUMMERLIN, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY 702-800-4616.