ADAPTIVE WEAR FAQ
- What is adaptive clothing?
Adaptive clothing is key to make dressing easier. It typically features back closure designs and side opening designs in order to facilitate the task of dressing for the individual to be dressed by a carer or even themselves. Buttons, snaps, zippers and VELCRO® brand closures are all examples that may be utilized for garments closures.
- Who may need adaptive clothing?
Adaptive clothing may be needed for people who have physical disabilities, for the elderly, and for the infirm who may have difficulty getting themselves dressed because of an inability to operate closures, for example zippers and buttons, or for the individual may not have the full range of motion needed to dress themselves.
- Is adaptive clothing just for wheelchair users or others that suffer from severe disabilities?
Adaptive clothing is for any individual that may be limited by traditional clothing. Even though wheelchair users or those who suffer from sever disabilities do benefit from adaptive clothing, there is a common misconception that adaptive clothing is only for these groups. Adaptive clothing is also very practical for the elderly.
- Is adaptive clothing just beneficial for caregivers?
Adaptive clothing may be beneficial for the wearer but also for the family caregiver or health care professional who may assist in dressing the individual. It can help the caregiver and/or health care professional dress the person in a more efficient manner making the task pleasant and easier for both. Adaptive clothing reduces the risk of injuries for the person with limited mobility and their care giver.
- What are some of the features that may be associated with adaptive garments?
Easy buttons, snaps, easy touch closures, VELCRO® brand closures, tops and pants with side zippers, pants with elastic waists and open back closures are some examples of the features that may be associated with adaptive garments.
- How does adaptive clothing help your patients?
It can mean less pain for the patient when dressing with adaptive clothing. The struggle of daily dressing may be significantly reduced. Adaptive clothing can help maintain patient dignity. Adaptive clothing uses fabrics and styles that are comfortable for the patient. Fashion meets functionality; they can have clothing they are comfortable in getting in and out of, but that will also work with their sense of fashion.