ALZHEIMER'S & DEMENTIA DRESSING GUIDE
For those living with Alzheimer's & Dementia, the struggle of daily dressing can leave many feeling frustrated and anxious. The way we dress is a means of showing our personality and staying positive making clothes incredibly important.
Adaptive clothing can help to manage and overcome a variety of dressing difficulties including reduced mobility, lack of strength and cognitive difficulties. Discrete adaptations to clothes can transform lives, give back confidence, provide dignity and help to maintain independence.
The Alzheimer's recommended clothing range for both women and men has been designed to provide style without the struggle for self dressing and also to ease the process of assisted dressing.
Here are some of our top tips for easier dressing;
Loose Fitting Shapes
Sleeveless and loose fitting styles make dressing into much easier, especially for the role of a carer. Relaxed fitting clothing also ensure all day comfortable layering without feeling restricted.
Wide opening sleeves such as raglan sleeves are perfect for comfortable daytime dressing, with more room for arms if stiffness and rigidity is experienced. For night-time dressing, nightshirts and nightdresses avoid the struggle of trousers and provide easy movement, making getting ready for bed that bit more relaxing.
Womenswear - Lilly Luxury Velcro Cape
Front Opening Velcro Designs
Overhead dressing can be uncomfortable as well as upsetting for people with Alzheimer's. Opt for fully front opening options, such as cardigans, shirts, nightwear and bras to provide a perfect solution.
Substitute tricky fastenings such as buttons and zips for adaptive alternatives such as Velcro. The Able Label offers a vast range of front opening designs with secure Velcro fastenings designed to open and close with ease, suitable for reduced dexterity and strength.
Short sleeve styles are often the preferred option as for many long sleeve styles can be difficult to dress arms into. For comfortable layering, short sleeve styles provide ease of movement and a more casual feel.
For women, bras can prove particularly tricky, as they traditionally fasten at the back. Front opening options make it a lot easier to reach and to see how to align the fastenings.
Menswear - Henry Short Sleeve Velcro Casual Check Shirt
Comfortable Stretch Fabrics
For greater well-being, choose fabrics which move with the body rather than against. Super stretch fabrics including jerseys, and viscose with elastane, help make getting in and out of clothes much easier. Stretchy fabrics also give greater ease and comfort of movement all day.
To keep feet happy and to avoid swelling, choose gentle fabric socks such as bamboo for a soft comfortable fit.
Easy Care Fabrics
Non-iron options, make clothes easier to look after. They will often contain synthetic fibres, so look out for mixes such as poly-cottons that give you the best of both worlds, being easy-care and comfortable. Easy-care fabrics can also be washed at higher temperatures, making them ideal for care homes.
Womenswear - Camilla Seersucker Half Sleeve Velcro Shirts
Menswear - Men’s Hugo Oxford Velcro Non-Iron Shirt
Help at Mealtimes
Mealtimes may become messier and eating out, especially in crowded restaurants, can cause anxiety. Struggling and being forced to wear bibs can lead to a feeling of loss of dignity. The Able Label Pashminas are not only practical protecting clothes and keeping skin dry but look like part of your clothing. They are pretty and practical.
Individuals living with Alzheimer's may prefer wearing repeat outfits that they are familiar and comfortable with. Buy multiples of the same style and easy to mix and match styles.
Bundle offers can help to save money and time shopping, whilst building an easy to dress staple adaptive wardrobe.
Womenswear - All Women's Bundle Offers
Menswear - All Men's Bundle Offers
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