Bathing and Dressing Aids for Seniors
As we get older, our bodies can’t always move or work in the way they could when we were younger. We may need assistance to do something we could easily do before. For some, the thought of needing help to do something as simple as getting dressed may seem embarrassing. However, there is no shame in admitting that we need help with things, and luckily for us, there are a plethora of devices that have been specifically designed with helping the elderly (as well as those suffering from arthritis) to do things like dress and bathe. Let’s take a look at the top 5 dressing aids that those with mobility issues may benefit from the most:
- Adapted Belts: A lot of people who have suffered strokes can often use one of their hands very well, but the other leaves a lot to be desired in terms of mobility. Many daily activities require us to use two hands, but those who may have only one well-working hand find the one-handed belt to be of great assistance. It allows those who have trouble dressing to get dressed much faster and with greater ease.
- Extended Shoehorns: Most older people don’t shuffle about in slippers all day and bending down to pull shoes on may be out of the question. Therefore, extended and telescopic shoehorns could be of use as these devices are designed to help you get your shoes on quickly and with minimal effort.
- Elastic Shoelaces: These are super easy to use, they look great, and no one will even notice you don’t have “regular” shoelaces. Best of all, they’re quick, and will save you a lot of time and effort.
- Stocking and Sock Aids: It’s hard enough to put on stockings and socks without having decreased mobility or having difficulty with visual skills or coordination. Stocking and sock aids help older people by forming the item into an open, rigid shape, and helping to guide the foot inside.
- Buttoning and Zipping Devices: If you suffer from arthritis, one of the most frustrating things you might struggle with in regard to dressing is zippers. Because zippers aren’t very big and can sometimes be difficult to locate if you’re having trouble with your vision, they can be particularly troublesome for the elderly. Because of this, there are a multitude of devices like rings, pulls, and grips for zippers and buttons. Velcro buttons are also available for those who wish to do without zippers altogether. They stick quickly and help keep clothing firmly in place.
As you know, the bathroom can be one of the most dangerous places in the house for those who struggle with mobility and balance. As such, there are a variety of devices to help seniors when they’re in the bathroom. Some of them are:
- Tub and shower chairs
- Suction grab bars to help with balance in the shower
- Adjustable height bath stools
- Long-handled bath sponge w/soap holder
There are many more bathing and dressing aids available beyond those listed above. When considering what types of devices may be best for you or your loved one, it’s important to do your research, look at product reviews, and see what others may be saying about the product before you decide to purchase. Your healthcare professional could also offer you advice and insight into the types of products that could be of use to you.