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Dressing

Problems with dressing may be caused by:

  • Forgetting that it is time to change clothes
  • Loss of understanding how to get dressed
  • Inability to recognize parts of the body
  • Room temperature that is too hot or too cold for dressing
  • Distractions from people, clutter or noise
  • Lack of privacy

  • Poor lighting
  • Physical aspects of dressing
  • Encourage person to do as much of the dressing as possible
  • Place matching outfits together
  • Place accessories with the clothes they go with
  • Let the person sit while dressing
  • Give verbal cues
  • Give visual cues
  • Environmental aspects of dressing
  • Have room at a comfortable temperature for dressing
  • Make sure there is privacy
  • Make sure the environment is calm without distractions
  • Make sure everything is ready to be used
  • Tips to increase or maintain cooperation with dressing
  • Have the same dressing routine every day
  • Allow enough time
  • Talk with a calm voice
  • Label closets and drawers
  • Lay out the clothes in the order they should be put on
  • Use short and simple instructions
  • Give verbal or visual cues with dressing
  • Use a pantomime technique with dressing
  • Don't force a person to change clothes
  • Try distracting the person if there is resistance
  • If given a choice of clothes to wear, keep it simple
  • Use simple garments
  • Use pants with elastic waistbands
  • Make sure the clothes are comfortable
  • Use slip-on shoes with non-skid soles
  • Remove dirty clothes to avoid confusion
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