It’s certainly hard on an elderly person’s self-esteem when they must start relying on others for assistance. As the body succumbs to age-related illnesses and injuries, plus diseases and other chronic conditions, it can be hard for aging adults to take care of themselves completely. They often require a family caregiver or a homecare assistant to do simple things like cook, clean and get dressed.
The more the elderly person must give up self-sufficiency, the more their self-esteem suffers. That’s why many family caregivers and homecare assistants provide dressing aides to seniors.
Dressing aides are tools that have been designed to help elderly and disabled adults in putting on and taking off their clothes. From shirts and pants to shoes and socks, the act of getting dressed can be complicated for those with flexibility and balance issues. Many seniors can’t bend over or stoop to reach their lower extremities. Still other elderly adults have lost all or some of the use of one arm or hand. There are plenty of obstacles that seniors face in dressing themselves, but dressing aides help compensate.
Here are 5 dressing aides that give elderly adults an advantage when it comes to dressing themselves without a family caregiver or homecare assistant.
All Purpose Grab Stick
This device has a trigger on one end of a stick and a gripping claw on the other. It can be used to extend an elderly person’s reach when dressing. It can be used to pull up pants or skirts, grab clothing off the ground, pull a shirt around the shoulder and more. The grab stick can also be used outside of dressing to help seniors pick up things on the floor that they cannot reach.
Similar to a grab stick, a dressing stick is a stick with a hook on each end. It is more versatile than an grab stick as it can do much of the same tasks, but also be used to grab zippers to open and close them, and to push pants, skirts or socks off the body as well.
This tool has many variations but all of them support an open sock so the aging adult can put their foot into it. Bending the leg at the hip or reaching down to the feet is extremely difficult for most seniors. A sock aid provides the support the seniors need to do the job themselves.
A button hook is held comfortably in the hand and the wire loop is inserted into the button hole. The elderly person loops the wire around the button and pulls it back through. Seniors that struggle with fine motor skills can take care of buttoned shirts or blouses on their own.
It’s common for elderly adults to feel upset about relying on family caregivers and homecare assistants for something as simple as getting dressed. Using dressing aides means that the elderly adult can stay self-reliant for a little while longer.