As the seasons change and the temperature rises and falls everybody needs to prepare for the different seasons. This is particularly true for older people whose bodies no longer regulate their temperatures as well as they used to. As summer turns into fall your older parents may need some help sorting through what clothes and outerwear they will need for the fall months. It’s time to help your parents or other older loved one to pack up that summer wardrobe and unpack the fall wardrobe.
Year over year as your parent ages they might find gaining access to things they could get last fall has become more difficult or even impossible this fall. Maybe there physical condition makes a walker or wheelchair necessary now. As your parent age things they had access to last fall may no longer be accessible to them.
As fall approaches you should schedule a day to work with your parent on the best way to make the fall clothes accessible. If arthritis has set in or gotten worse you may have to install some shelving for clothes rather than putting them in drawers. If they find it difficult to stand in one place you may have to lower some of the bars in their closets to keep the clothing accessible from a seated position.
It’s also possible that because of a change in weight many of the clothes, coats, sweaters, and jackets no longer fit. If there has been either weight gain or weight loss you will have to see if the clothes still fit properly. If there has been significant weight loss the clothes may have become too baggy to be safely worn. Baggy clothing may interfere with walking and your elder parent may trip and fall if the clothes are too loose.
Initially during the transition from summer to fall there may be some very warm days and the fall clothing may be uncomfortable. You should leave out a couple of summer outfits for the warmer fall days that usually occur in September. That way if it gets hot for a couple days your parent will be able to dress in a summer outfit and stay cool and comfortable.
Conversely as winter approaches the days and nights may become too cold for the fall clothing. You should make sure that a winter coat and some sweaters to wear around the house are accessible in the fall.
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