How does the Alzheimer Functional Assessment Tool measure dressing skills?

Updated: Nov 13, 2019
  • Author: Norberto Alvarez, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Dressing skills are identified as follows:

  1. Dresses independently or with physical assistance due to handicap; can choose appropriate clothing (for weather or activity of the day) and cares for own clothing (eg, places dirty clothes in hamper, hangs clothing, stores properly)

  2. Occasionally needs reminders to dress appropriately ("It's cold out today") and to care for clothes ("Remember where your dirty socks go?")

  3. Dresses with minimal assistance or verbal prompts

  4. Dresses inappropriately for weather (layers clothing and/or puts clothing on inappropriately); may undress at an inappropriate time and/or place; may benefit from adaptive clothing to retain dressing skills; makes no attempt to care for own clothing

  5. Needs assistance in dressing (50% or more of task) and may be resistive; may assist when compliant (eg, puts arm through sleeve)

  6. Lies passively during dressing; does not respond to dressing or undressing

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