Tips Caring Elderly Parents include podiatrist instead of pedicure

Simple Tips For the Sandwich Generation Caring For Elderly Parents

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Tips For Those Caring for Elderly Parents

To quote my latest grandkid, “Uh Oh!” Or as I like to tell him, “Uh Oh Spaghettio!” (Anyone else remember that cute ad 😊).  I took my sweet elderly mom out to her podiatrist appointment this past week. She was so relieved to get her toenails clipped. And, as always, I was very happy we were doing it at the podiatrist rather than a manicurist. Turns out it is much safer for elderly parents to do it that way. You may not get the fancy foot treatment. But there is much less chance of getting bad infections! U.S. News agrees with me AND with my CNA (certified nursing assistant) textbook, where I first learned that! Our Sacramento area podiatrist is great AND much less expensive than the article mentions! That trip went great. Then we headed home, with my mom feeling toenail-happy but very tired from the outing. Definitely one of the more vital tips to help those of us caring for elderly parents.

Tips Caring Elderly Parents include podiatrist instead of pedicure

As we walked in the front door, she started wobbling a bit much and, fearing she would fall, I grabbed her shirt front to steady her. It was the first thing I could get my hands on. She was wearing her lovely floral blouse with the velcro buttons. Oh my! Talk about a “wardrobe malfunction!” Fortunately, we were in the house. And it didn’t really open too much. But I did pop two of the buttons open with that sound we all know Velcro makes when coming apart. All’s well that ended well and we both enjoyed a hearty laugh about it. I did think I should mention it to you, though, just in case you also invested in some of these easy comfort clothes for seniors. They’re well worth it. But they can pop open a wee bit easier than with buttons. I should imagine the same is true with the magnetic buttons. After all, if you have easy clothes for the elderly going on – it stands to reason that they are easy coming off as well. 🙂 So we shall all have to make a pact to be careful what we grab when we need to catch them in those wobbly moments!

Velcro Clothing Seniors

Speaking of my tips when caring for elderly parents to check out velcro clothing for seniors…. We’ve been very happy with her shirt that has the easy Velcro buttons. While browsing Silvert’s Adaptive Clothing and Footwear at their site as well as at Amazon, I noticed they offer velcro clothing for women in the pants section, with easy access pants that have easy strips – both generic or Velcro – on both sides of the pants or open pants in the back. My elderly mom has gotten used to her full elastic waist pants.

But if we’d discovered these velcro pants a few years ago, I think she would have loved to give them a try. And I so wish I’d discovered them for my sweet mom-in-law as well. They would have been great after she had her stroke.

These women’s pants are definitely easy clothing for seniors. Some even come complete with a front fold-down panel, an elastic waist, easy access hook and loop fastener strips – your choice of Velcro or generic, and side pockets. (I do LOVE pockets!). One advantage of the easy strips is that if the pants stretch a bit through the day, like my jeans do, you can adjust the strips to fit a bit snugger. And these pants are made to be easy, even if your parent is wheelchair dependent.

And the nice thing is, it’s not JUST women. There is also easy clothing elderly men can enjoy too!

Look at this spiffy pair of Pembrook mens elastic waist pants for seniors. These are adaptive mens pants for elderly gentlemen with zipper and button.

I appreciate that we can shop for these items easily at Amazon. That can be such a big help for the budget AND for our time!

The Wright Stuff
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