As a caregiver, you'll need to learn creative ways to handle the common clothing and dressing problems experienced by people with dementia. For example, the person may no longer be able to organize and sort clothing and therefore leave piles of clothing scattered all over or mix dirty clothes with clean clothes. At some point, dressing may require more skills than the person now possesses. For example, he or she may forget the order in which to put on various clothing items and as a result, put the sock on over the shoe. Or the person may wear too little or too many layers of clothing or refuse or forget to change clothing when needed. Often, the person may resist help and become terribly agitated when you try to intervene.
This section includes creative tips and tools from a variety of helpful sources: a person with Alzheimer's or other types of dementia, a real story video with a professional caregiver, and our own Tips and Tools.
To avoid a possible fall, have your care receiver sit in a chair while dressing, especially when putting on his/her underpants, pants, pullover blouses, socks and shoes.