Wednesday Workshop – Helpful Tips for Dressing a Loved One with Parkinson’s Disease
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. Dressing another person can be challenging, especially when it’s coupled with a disability. Trying to dress someone with Parkinson’s disease brings a whole new set of challenges. Here are a few helpful tips to consider that may help you and your loved one.
First, always respect the person’s privacy. Your loved one’s dignity is important to him/her. Keep your loved one’s dignity intact by covering them with a towel or blanket while taking on and off items of clothing.
Second, give the person 2 or 3 outfit options. When you give your loved one options (instead of telling them what to wear) they feel involved in the process which usually makes the task a little easier.
Lastly, let your loved one do as much as they can by themselves to promote independence. If they start to get frustrated with the task, you can assist by giving short and simple instructions. For example, instead of, “Come on, get dressed!” you can saying something like, “Okay, first put your left leg in the pants.”
Keep in mind that what works one day may not work the next day. People’s moods change from day to day making it a real skill to master the art of caregiving. Don’t get discouraged though. There are other things you can do to make dressing time an easier event:
- Buy clothes that are easy to get on and off like pants with elastic waistbands, t-shirts, dresses and Velcro shoes.
- Purchase non-skid socks if your loved one lives in a home with tile or hard wood floors.
- For loved ones who like to wear the same outfit everyday, consider buying multiples of the items they like.
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