Shopping for Comfortable Clothes for Female Nursing Home Patient

I'm trying to find elastic waist, washable skirts as well as "house dresses" for my granny. She's staying in a nursing home for rehab after a stroke and they have lost or ruined the majority of her clothing. I'm at a loss on where to find this type of thing. I did find one house dress at a thrift store, but that was after visiting several. I found some elastic waist pants at JC Penny, but she gets very upset when asked to wear pants. Any stores where you have recently seen this type of clothing would be so helpful!

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January 3, 20120 found this helpful
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Try The Vermont County Store. I am not sure they have exactly what you want, but they do have easy on/off type dresses. Nursing homes are rough on good clothes so you will want washable things. Get her some nicer things to wear when she comes home or moves to a better retirement/ assisted living home. Most decent places will allow(!) you to take the clothes home to wash yourself which is what I did for my mother as she had very nice clothes.

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January 3, 20120 found this helpful
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There is a mail order store named "Haband" that sells a lot of clothes with elastic waistbands. You can find them online at www.haband.com

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January 5, 20120 found this helpful
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Just a thought, but there are an awful lot of really cute loungewear gowns (in pajama departments) that look like casual dresses available. There are also moo moo dresses that are quite comfortable.

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Both types come in assorted solid colors and patterns. Try stores like Target, Walmart, Penney's, Sears, etc for the lowest prices. Here's a picture example of a moo moo (also spelled muu muu) in case you're not sure what they are:

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March 12, 20190 found this helpful

This is the first time I have ever heard that garment called a "moo moo". "Mu'umu'u" is defined in my Hawaiian dictionary as "a loose gown".

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In my 55 year experience with the Hawaiian language "muu muu" is what this type of garment has always been called whether you are actually of Hawaiian extraction or merely a "haole" ( anyone who is not Hawiian).

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January 5, 20120 found this helpful
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How about some "scrubs" like medical personnel wear? You can get them pretty inexpensively, and lots of them are mix-and-match with the colors/patterns. They are very comfortable to wear.

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January 3, 20120 found this helpful

Elastic waists skirts are quick and easy to make. Can anyone sew in your family? Make some for your granny. House dresses are a thing of the past, I'm afraid. I'd suggest a zip front robe/lounger in place of a dress.

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My mom in in rehab after a stroke and she practically lives in elastic waist pants. They are suitable for wearing while doing physical therapy and they keep the legs warm.

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January 3, 20120 found this helpful

If you're looking for affordable clothing and don't want to break the bank, there is always a Good Will Thrift Store. I generally steer clear of the Salvation Army Thrift Stores, in my estimation their quality is inferior to the Good Will.

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January 5, 20120 found this helpful

My Mom was in the same situation and had never worn pants but talked her into wearing sweat suits. Fairly inexpensive at places like Wal-mart. Just tell her it is for a short time period and that when she is well, no more pants.

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Also in rehab and nursing units, they usually keep the temps lower than your parent would have them at home, so just may need the warmth of sweats.

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January 5, 20120 found this helpful

Everyone has already posted lots of sources for the kind of clothes you grandma will like. Nursing homes are notorious for "losing" things. Be sure everything, every garment, picture frame, door decoration, any medical equipment or device that you or she or her insurance has purchased is recorded in an "inventory" that the facility must provide.

Anything that goes "missing" the facility has to reimburse you/her for. You will have to really push them on this, but don't back down. Keep a paper trail and if necessary have the elder care ombudsman (in CA that is what they are called)or a state or county agency that regulates nursing homes get involved.

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Until we hold these places accountable these "losses" will continue to be commonplace.

When I was a conservator for a woman with Alzheimer disease this was a problem until I learned this stuff. Bed and wheelchair gel cushions that we paid for were "missing" when we changed her facility. Because these items were in the inventory, and I had the receipts as well, the facility paid several hundred dollars to replace them.

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January 6, 20120 found this helpful

My dear friend's mom was in a nursing home in CO. And her daughter lived here in Ca. So she had to travel some to make sure she was well cared for. It wasn't long before the new TV was gone and even her burial clothes were stolen.And she " lost " almost all her clothes several times even though her daughter kept replaceing them . And she had put her name in marking pen inside of them. Makes you heartsick to know workers will steal from people that can't take care of themselves. Disgraceful. GG Vi

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January 7, 20120 found this helpful

I agree with all of these posts.Watch very carefully how your Granny is being taken care of. Things happen in these places that should never be allowed. Unless someone is checking everyday, talking, keeping records things will keep going the way it has. It's ok to be out of character, you almost have to be in order to be taken seriously. God bless you and family. This brings back so many memories from my daddy.

As far as clothes try the outlet with nursing uniforms. I saw where scrubs were mentioned they also have uniforms (dresses,skirts) that are comfortable. Now in colors not just white. When I was in school, JCPennys had great prices. Cafeteria workers, janitorial, even students wear the lose fitting, elastic waists if you like uniforms. They are easily washable, without wrinkling or extra care.When she is able to get out, it won't be a huge investment to just leave behind for another patient or donate.Not bringing those memories home.

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January 8, 20120 found this helpful

Here is a company that makes clothes just for stroke patients who are recuperating in a nursing home.
http://www.comfortclothing.com/
Blessings,
Robyn

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January 9, 20120 found this helpful

Get a permanent black marker and place initials on the name tags of necklines and waistbands of all clothing and this includes resident's underwear. All clothes should be marked prior to leaving with the resident. Sometimes, a resident shares the same intials with another, so it is best to write in the full last name to cut down confusion.
Sometimes another resident might walk into the room of another and take something catches the eye and walk off with it. If clothes are marked, chances of getting items returned are greater.

To buy reasonably priced garments for your grandmother, go to Family Dollar and WalMart if you want new. Good Will stores have a lot of fleece pants and shirts that are gently worn. Check out yard sales and open year round indoor flea markets.
I'm considering your grandmother is in this facility on a short term basis. As far as clothes for a female resident; here's my list you can choose from to meet her needs.

WINTER: Think softness, warmth and comfort: Fleece pants and tops, nonskid soles on shoes/slippers, sweater, lap robe, heavy socks, thermal pajamas or gowns and a zipper front plush robe and cotton underwear.
SUMMER: Housecoats or housedresses with a cotton slip. (Avoid slippery silky fabrics), sweater, lap robe, cotton gowns or pajamas and lightweight robe and nonskid slippers/ shoes, lightweight socks and cotton underwear.

You can also buy thermal underwear and cut the legs off just above the knees and sew a hem to provide a longer length in underwear. Sport bras are also more comfortable and might be something of interest.

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January 18, 20120 found this helpful

Walmart & Kmart will probably have a lot of those type of things.

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