Whether you are in need of clothing that is easier to change into, or caring for someone who does, the world of adaptive clothing can be a tough one to navigate. Luckly, we are here to help answer your adaptive clothing questions.
What is adaptive clothing?
Adaptive clothing is apparel that has been designed for people who have difficulties dressing themselves due to age, disability or general lack of mobility. Common misconceptions of adaptive clothing is that it is only for people who are bound to a wheelchair or have severe disabilities. However, anyone who is limited by traditional clothing can benefit from adaptive clothing.
How does adaptive clothing make changing easier?
Adaptive clothing makes changing easier as it requires less mobility to adjust, remove and put on. These garments focus on keeping motion centralised and close to the body as opposed to stretching your arms, legs or back to adjust them. A primary benefit of adaptive clothing is that caregivers can more easily change clothing on an individual with low mobility.
What are Examples of Adaptive Clothing?
Open Back Pants
These types of pants are ideal for those in wheelchairs and people who cannot be constricted by traditional pants or bear weight. Open back pants are cut out at the back but have a modesty flap to provide coverage. They fasten by 3 snaps on the side that allow for adjustment approximately by 2 sizes. Open back pants grant caretakers the ability to change someone in a standing or laying position.
Side Opening Pants
These pants open at the sides using 3 snaps much like the open back pant. However, they have full coverage in the back. These pants are good for those who are are able and want to wear a traditional style of slack but have certain mobility issue and are unable to put them on themselves.
Open Back Tops
Open back clothing is applied by using snaps at the shoulder. This style still provides full coverage as an average shirt but it is much easier to put on and take off. Caregivers also love this style as it provides an easier changing experience as the individual being changed does not need to raise their arms. This style of product is available in longsleeve, short sleeve, polo shirts, blouses and cardigans.
Anti-Strip (Dignity) Suits
Primarily used with individuals who have Alzheimer's or Dementia, Anti-Strip Suits are used to prevent inappropriate undressing. These suits are done up with snap closures at the back neckline, making it harder for the person wearing the suit to take it off. Caregivers appreciate these suits as it provides safety for the themselves as well as the person they are caring for.
Adaptive Slippers are easy to remove and put on. By using large velcro fasteners the entire slipper opens allowing the foot to be easily placed inside with minimal effort. Ideal for those being looked after by a caregiver. Available in wide fit to accommodate for swollen feet.
If you have any questions about which adaptive clothing you need or to know what selection we have don’t hesitate to contact us!