|The information listed I hope will in some small way help the patient or the caregiver to maintain the best quality of life possible. My dresses and gowns are designed for the nursing home or home health patients who need help with dressing and undressing. As long as a person can independently dress themselves, please encourage them to maintain their ability to carry out activities of daily living independently. Only when they can no longer do this for themselves should they have help or change to a garment that makes dressing and undressing as least stressful as possible for the patient and caregiver. In providing a back closure garment to meet my mother’s needs and manufacturing them for the public, I hope they meet your loved one’s needs and help give her the best quality of life possible. I hope it will restore dignity and self-esteem which they so rightly deserve.|
|Most people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, strokes, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, degenerative muscular diseases and paralysis due to injuries or diseases find incontinence a problem with no easy solution. The affected person may be a man or woman, young or old, alert or experiencing varying degrees of dementia, ambulatory or in a wheelchair and/or being cared for in a nursing facility or at home. All of these factors can bear on making the most appropriate decision when selecting garments.
An adult diaper may be used which will retain fluid or stool (and their odors) more readily than a pad but it is more difficult to change and may result in skin irritation if left unattended.
Most nursing facilities address the incontinent woman with what is called an incontinence pad. These pads are provided by the facility and are placed on the seat of the chair or wheelchair. The woman is then seated on the pad. Her gown or dress is lifted in the back so the resident is not sitting on it. This allows a soiled pad to be replaced when necessary while clothing stays dry and may continue to be worn. The down side to this procedure is most dresses and gowns when pulled up in the back, ride up in the front as well, exposing knees and the lower thighs. This causes needed coverage of a cover or lap robe. The bunching around the waistline is also uncomfortable.
Another makeshift solution, which my mother chose, was to wear a snap duster backwards, allowing the caregiver to snap it closed down to the waistline. From the waist down the duster is pulled apart and to the sides, so the skirt does not ride up in the front and offer good knee coverage. The down side to this obvious, the dress is on backwards so the pockets are inaccessible and the neckline is too high to be comfortable. Knowing you clothing is on backward also results in a loss of self-esteem.
|My father has had Alzheimer’s disease for about 8 years. Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be a challenging experience for everyone involved. Something as simple as getting and staying dressed can become a monumental task of an Alzheimer’s patient and their caregiver if they are in a nursing facility or at home. Sometimes they undress themselves at inappropriate times if they have buttons or zippers on the front of their garments. They simply unbutton buttons because they are there. Alzheimer’s patients sometimes resist anyone dressing or undressing them and become irritated at the caregiver trying to help with this task. A caregiver can quickly dress a lady who suffers from Alzheimer’s with my back closure Abracadabra dress. Since there are no buttons or zippers on the front of the garment, the patient does not have easy access to undressing themselves.|
|Along with a degenerative muscular disease, my mother also was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. It causes a variety of difficulties in dressing for both the person suffering from the symptoms of this disease as well as the caregiver. Because the most common difficulties are with balance and hands which shake uncontrollably, the task of dressing is usually a difficult one. One tip is to avoid buttons which cause frustration to a person if he or she has difficulty in holding their hands steady. Rather than buttons, choose garments that have Velcro or zipper closures. Help them hold on to their independence as long as possible by choosing this type of closures which they can still maintain themselves. When they can no longer dress themselves, try the easiest method I have found, my Abracadabra dress. The wide armholes make it easy to place their shaking arms through and by snapping the back yoke, they will be dressed.|