The Caregiver For Men"Tip"Sheet
By Marsha Penington
Sometimes it is very difficult to know what type of clothing etc., is appropriate for an Alzheimer's person who is about to enter a nursing facility. So here is a list of some recommended items:
* Please note*
* The items you will find below are only a general list and have a tendency to lean towards later staged AD victims. They are recommend because these types of clothing will help maintain their independence longer.*
For Men Clothing
A. SHIRTS that slip over the head.
B. PANTS with elasticized waistbands.
C. SWEAT SHIRTS or SWEATSUITS / THERMAL UNDERSHIRTS
D. TEE SHIRTS or TURTLE NECKS depending on the season
E. SWEATERS of any style (as long as they are machine washable)
** Note to keep in mind** If they are incontinent, buy pants one size larger to help disguise this bulky necessity.
Undergarments and Sleepwear:
A. SHORT ROBE
C. UNDERSHIRTS (T-shirts)
F. BOXERS (should be bought several sizes larger if they are to go over an incontinent garment)
** Bring at least a half a dozen: socks, boxers and T-shirts (if they wear them)
A. VELCRO CLOSING SNEAKERS
B. SLIP ON CANVAS TENNIS SHOES
C. RUBBER SOLED SLIP ON DRESS SHOES (loafer type)
D. SLIP ON BEDROOM SLIPPERS or those socks with the rubber tread on the bottom
Personal hygiene items:
A. MEN'S BODY SPRAYS (these keep them smelling nice but are safer than aftershave which come in glass bottles)
B. HAND AND BODY LOTIONS (something recommended for delicate skin)
C. TALC POWDER IS NOT RECOMMENDED (powder is fine and if it gets on the floor is can make it very slick)
D. LARGE HANDLED COMB & BRUSH (the larger handle makes it easier for them to grasp)
F. MILD SHAMPOO (their scalp is just as delicate as their skin)
*** Please keep in mind that items such as nail files, nail and or toe nail clippers, fingernail polish remover etc., must be turned over to nursing staff for safety reasons.
Another recommendation...it goes much smoother if all items brought to the nursing facility are clearly marked with a permanent marker or sewn in labels with the person's name on it.
Also PLEASE make a written list of all incoming items for the nursing staff. It saves them an enormous amount of time.***
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