*This post is sponsored by Silvert’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
Is your loved one having difficulty dressing themselves or are you having difficulty getting them dressed?
Let me introduce you to adaptive clothing. Adaptive clothing is clothing designed to help make it easier for people who have difficulty dressing, whether they are have difficulty performing their dressing tasks physically or cognitively. Adaptive clothing options can make it easier for the person to dress themselves and promote a sense of independence, while resulting in less frustration. It can also make life easier & safer for the caregiver when they are helping that person complete their daily dressing routine by decreasing the need for constant lifting and repositioning. It’s also so important we preserve their dignity throughout the stages of dementia! There are a lot of different adaptive clothing options available.
Below, I’m going to share a few of my favorite adaptive clothing pieces for men living in early stage, middle stage, & late stage dementia and why I love them!
Silvert’s has a great selection for both fashionable & functional items, and allows the person to maintain their dignity throughout the stages! These would also make perfect holiday gifts for your loved one. You can use the discount code MARY20 for 20% off your purchase (it even works on their sale items)!
Outfits For Men with Early Stage Dementia
In the early stage of dementia, typically those living with dementia are able to dress themselves. They might need some reminders to start or complete the task at the end of the early stage. Here are a few of my favorite pieces for early stage dementia:
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1. Men’s Arthritic Fingers Bundle
I love this bundle because it contains shirts where you don’t have to worry about the fasteners (they’re magnetic) and the bottoms have a nice stretchy, elastic waistband. Keep in mind that these magnets should not be worn by anyone who has implanted medical devices such as a pacemaker.
These pants also contain easy grip loops that help with decreased finger dexterity.
Often times, I will come across individuals who have other diagnosis than dementia (such as arthritis) who experience difficulty with managing fasteners like zippers and buttons. This just helps make dressing tasks easier to manage.
Note: Some of these clothing items have magnetic fasteners sewn into it, and as a result, it should not be worn by anyone who has implanted medical devices such as a pacemaker.
2. Men’s Self Dressing Pull-on Cargo Pant
These are another great option for pull on pants that are easier to manage. These also have an easy grip loop that make the pants easier for the individual to get off/on.
3. Men’s 3-Pack Open Front Underwear
I also came across this incontinence underwear for men. I love these because they look and feel like boxers they like wearing. These can be great for mild incontinence episodes and to help preserve dignity for those living with dementia. I would not recommend these for moderate to heavy incontinence!
Outfits For Men With Middle Stage Dementia
In the middle stage of dementia, typically those living with dementia will need some assistance to get dressed. Generally, they will require our physical assistance along with our verbal instruction to help complete them complete the task. It’s important to find options that can help preserve dignity, while also having options that can be less difficult for the person living with dementia and the caregiver to manage. This can help decrease frustration for all parties involved. The options below are great to preserve dignity and allow the task to be completed with less difficulty.
1. Men’s Adaptive Open Back Polo Shirt with Long Sleeves
2. Men’s Open Back Top & Pull-On Pant Flannel Pajama Set
3. Men’s Open Back Cargo Short
Outfits For Men With Late Stage Dementia
In the late stage of dementia, typically those living with dementia will need almost full to full assistance with dressing tasks. Most of these dressing tasks are completed either lying in the bed or sitting on the edge of the bed and/or in a wheelchair with assistance from another person. We still want to remember that it’s important to find options that can still preserve dignity, and options that can be less difficult for the caregiver to manage. It can make life easier & safer for both the person & caregiver when they are helping that person complete their daily dressing routine by decreasing the need for constant lifting and repositioning.
1. Men’s Open Back Hospital Gowns
2. Men’s Open Back Fleece Pant
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