He won’t change into his pajamas and I think this is contributing to sleep/wandering issues at night. Any suggestions as to how to convince him to wear something comfortable to sleep in?
I figured that if I can get my husband in the shower tice a week that is an accomplishment. After all , he really isn't doing anything to get him dirty. I just tell him that he needs to shower because he is being to "smell". My husband has lost 65 pounds in three years. I keep snacks out, but he frequently only eats meals twice each day. He claims that I am going to kill him with food. He begs me each meal to not give him very much food. Thank goodness for the liquid supplements! I understand that not eating is very common among dementia patients.
My husband sleeps in his clothes and shoes. He told me one time it was so he could fine them more easily. Don't sweat the small stuff. Alzheimer's is a journey. If it is not causing harm Don't worry a/b IT.
I guess the joke’s on me. I convinced him to let me give him a foot bath and trim his nails last night. Then he agreed to put on houseshoes and pajamas. Well... today he refuses to take his pajamas off and put his day clothes on. So there’s no way to win with this disease, right?
Evelyn Dubree, I'd wonder if the clothes are a part of his old work habits? My LO is controlling by nature and now with vascular dementia he wants to control what he wears. I've finally decided it's not worth an argument. I have to just let it go.
I tell my husband that he has "day" clothes and "night" clothes which are different than the day clothes. My husband can still button the buttons and zip the zippers. However, he has forgotten the order of removing clothes and put on other clothes. I have to talk him through changing clothes each night and each morning. If left on his own, he would wear his day clothes to bed at night.
I also have to talk him through his teeth brushing routine each day. When I tell him to get his toothbrush, he may reach for his comb. This a long difficult that all of must travel to keep our loved-ones safe and healthy.