Caregiver Tips: Alzheimer’s Disease/Stroke When The Elderly Start Undressing In Public.

Alzheimer's Disease

When confused elderly always want to take their clothes off.

 
What could possibly be harder than caring for your parent, and now not only are they incontinent – but they want to get those clothes off – and are undressing. Trying to preserve the dignity of your parent and respect their privacy, while keeping them clean and dry can be a challenge.

Is there a reason the elder wants to undress?


Sometimes finding out why the elder is undressing will lead to the solution. Do they need to go to the bathroom? Are the just anxious and fiddling with their clothes? Have they had a stroke and since then have this behavior?

My grandfather moved into a nursing home because my grandmother needed the care due to her Alzheimer’s disease. After Grandma died, Grandpa stayed because over the years he began to need assistance also. However Grandpa was always upset with his roommate who was constantly undressing. Then Grandpa had a major stroke and had the exact behavior that he had always hated in his roommate – he started taking his clothes off.

4 Things to consider when the confused elder is always taking off their clothes.


• For a man, having him wear suspenders on his pants with shirt and sweater over to reduce the ability to be able to remove the pants.
• If the undressing is due to trying to get to the bathroom – have the elder on a toileting schedule; immediately when you get up in the morning, right after meals (especially breakfast, many people have a bowel movement right after drinking their coffee in the morning) and every two hours when awake.
• If the elder is undressing due to anxiety and just kind of playing with their clothing – provide a distraction, keep the elder engaged in folding laundry (even if it is the same laundry over and over) whatever active activity they enjoy.
• Look for adaptive clothing that have categories for the person who undresses. A company I have used is: www.buckandbuck.com

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