Changing clothes and managing clothing can get difficult at some stages of dementia

Try: Use a routine and simple prompts to change the habit of wearing the same outfit daily without washing it buy several outfits identical or very similar to the outfit worn most often put an open laundry basket in the care recipient’s cr’s bedroom put nightclothes out in the evening prompt the cr to put nighttime clothes on at the end of the day prompt the cr to put daytime clothes in the basket at night make a large print sign that says clothes add an arrow pointing to the basket use tape or mounting gum to hang the sign at eye level above the basket take clothes from the basket at night when the cr is asleep transfer clothes to a hamper out of the cr’s sight to await washing put a complete clean outfit underwear to outerwear out for the cr by early morning if necessary put the clean outfit in the basket where the cr last put the dirty outfit

Materials: Several identical or similar outfits laundry basket blank sheet of paper wide marker tape or mounting gum

Categories: Cognitive Intellectual, Personal, Mobile, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Good Vision, So-So Vision, Cognitive Awareness, Somewhat Aware, Long-Term Memory, Good L T Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, Good S T Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

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