Homecare in Norwalk, CT
If you are like most adults, one of the very first things you do in the morning is get dressed. This activity is one that you have probably done independently every day since you were a young child, and one that you rarely think about in terms of it being a skill or something that could ever become a challenge. Imagine, however, that you were unable to bend over, could not lift your feet more than an inch off of the ground, or did not have the dexterity in your hands to manipulate a zipper or a button. Though these ideas may seem foreign, they are a very serious reality to many aging adults, leaving them in the position of having to rely on a family caregiver or an elderly health care services provider to help them get dressed and ready to live out their day.
Feeling as though they no longer have the level of independence that they once did can lead your aging loved ones to experience depression, anxiety, hopelessness, embarrassment, isolation, and loss of motivation. Encouraging independence and autonomy in as many activities as possible supports ongoing mental and emotional health, and helps your parents live a higher quality of life as they age. One way you can do this is by integrating dressing aids into your daily elder care plan.
Some of the dressing aids that you and your aging parents' elderly health care services provider can use to help your seniors dress on their own include:
• Elastic shoelaces. Tying your shoes requires fine motor skills that can be extremely difficult for seniors with arthritis, as well as the ability to bend at the waist or lift the feet that can be challenging for seniors with mobility limitations. Elastic shoelaces create a firm hold on shoes but do not require any form of loosening, tightening, or tying. Your seniors simply slip the shoes on when they are ready to go out.
• Sock aids. Getting a sock on can be hard for a senior who is not able to lift his foot or lean over. A sock aid acts much like a shoehorn to position and ease the sock onto the foot without requiring your senior to fold over or lift his leg.
• Shoe positioner. Stepping into shoes is not always easy, but leaning over to put them on can be impossible. A shoe positioner holds slip-on shoes in place so that your senior can easily step into them and slide his heel down without the shoe folding over or sliding out of the way.
• Zipper pulls. Zipper tabs are extremely small, making them incredibly difficult to hold for seniors who have lost the dexterity in their hands. Zipper pulls attach easily to zippers and feature a large hook that your parents can grip with their fingers to make zipping and unzipping zippers faster and easier.
• Button loops. Fastening and unfastening buttons also requires fine motor skills that may be challenging for seniors with stiff or painful hands. A button loop provides better grip on the buttons and eases them through their holes more easily for faster, more comfortable independent dressing.
If you or an aging loved one are considering homecare in Norwalk, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.