Simplifying the dressing process is an easy way to help someone with dementia continue to do the task solo. Try these strategies:
Lay out clothes in the order they should be put on: underwear on the top of the pile, then pants and shirt, then sweater, then socks last. Why: Sequencing clothes helps jog someone's rote memory into getting things on in the right way.
Weed closets of out-of-season items, fancy evening clothes, and others that shouldn't be worn in everyday life. Why: It reduces the number of choices your loved one has to make and reduces odds of an embarrassing mistake.
Shift from belts, zippers, and buttons to elastic waistbands. Why: They're easier to manipulate as coordination fails.
Store all like clothes together: t-shirts with t-shirts, pants with pants. Why: It makes selections easier. Alternative: Some people find it easy to dress if an entire outfit is placed on a single hanger. You may need to experiment to see what's most effective for your loved one.
Replace buttons and ties with Velcro. Why: It's easier to manipulate.