Practical question ref Adapted clothes for mum and the nursing home

Discussion in 'Welcome and how to use Dementia Talking Point' started by Lizziedalia, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. Lizziedalia

    Lizziedalia Registered User

    May 25, 2011
    16
    Greater London
    Hi : my mum is now in advanced stages of Alzheimer. She has become quite stiff in her elbows and has problem with extending arms hence the staff finds it difficult now to put her bra on. She needs it - in addition to her cotton vest top - not to get cold in the chest (she keeps sneezing if none). So she used to wear bras with 3 x hook fastening & wide adjustable straps but the staff very often had no time to fasten all the hooks and put the straps in place. So my mum was not comfortable. Then I bought one you attach at the front but my mum did not like it. So I bought some stretching comfort bras without hooks which were fine for the past year. :D However my mum is not flexible enough now to extend her arms and she has pain when the staff is putting it on. So any idea what to get as a substitute ? Any idea welcome ! ;)
     
  2. jaymor

    jaymor Volunteer Moderator

    Jul 14, 2006
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  3. PeggySmith

    PeggySmith Registered User

    Apr 16, 2012
    1,683
    BANES
    When my MIL got really stiff, we bought her vests (from adaptawear) that the NH staff found much easier to put on. They also do nighties and dresses. The dresses aren't very nice and, for some peculiar reason, you have to pay VAT on the vests.
     
  4. Lizziedalia

    Lizziedalia Registered User

    May 25, 2011
    16
    Greater London
  5. LadyA

    LadyA Registered User

    Oct 19, 2009
    13,551
    Ireland
    After I had surgery, I had to wear this surgical support sort of bodice thing! It had both hooks and a zip up the front and wide comfy straps, but the best thing was that the straps opened completely for putting it on (because I wasn't supposed to raise my arms at all) - the straps fastened in the front with Velcro. That thing was so comfortable! Not sure where you'd get one though!

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  6. Shedrech

    Shedrech Volunteer Moderator

    Dec 15, 2012
    8,263
    Yorkshire
    #6 Shedrech, Feb 7, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2017
  7. LadyA

    LadyA Registered User

    Oct 19, 2009
    13,551
    Ireland
    Shedrech well done!! The one in the first link is EXACTLY what I had! It was so comfy, even with over 120 stitches in!

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