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How to Buy Adaptive Clothing

How to Buy Adaptive Clothing

Resources to care for seniors like how to buy adaptive clothing is becoming better refined and accessible. There was a time when looking for easy to wear shoes and no stress shirts were hard to come by. But as the need for these products continues to grow so do your options. Taking care of your loved one with cognitive challenges and mobility limitations has never been easier. Continue reading to find the best adaptive clothing currently available on the accessibility market.

What to Look Out For

The main thing to keep in mind is your loved ones level of mobility. Think about their stress points when getting dressed. Do they have trouble putting a shirt on? Or do they only have trouble pulling up pants? Are they wheelchair bound? Or are they still mobile? Finally are they dressing themselves independently or do they require assisted dressing? Once you have an idea of these questions in mind, find clothing that can help the pain points and find dressing solutions for them. It can be hard judging exactly what they need so be prepared for some trial and error. With elderly patients it can sometimes be tough to introduce new clothing, so start small and build your way up as well.

 

Buying Adaptive Shoes

Shoes that are comfortable, stay on and are easy to get in and out of are crucial for a senior’s wardrobe. Caregivers commonly assume that they should purchase shoes in a size up. This is thought to best accommodate for frequently swollen feet, deformed toes and other foot problems. But this can be dangerous, if a shoe is too long for a senior it increases their chance of tripping on the shoe. Instead, look for wide fitting, adjustable shoes like these indoor/outdoor shoes. They are made for be able to be worn both indoors and outdoors, have a non-slip bottom and are easy to clean. They come in wider widths and still offer support in the heel and the arch. Cushioned insoles improve the comfort of these shoes. It is important to always have footwear on a senior to reduce the risk of slips and falls.  Slippers with slip resistant bottoms are an incredible help for indoor footwear. Click here to browse through the complete shoe collection available at Silvert’s.

 

Buying Adaptive Pants

The pants that you choose to buy for your loved one should be “easy.” The easiest can be put on from a seated position. This makes getting dressed easier for both the caregiver and whoever is being cared for. These women’s jeans provide that option and have a multitude of other benefits. They also have an elastic waist, two large back flaps for complete discretion, snap buttons and are washing machine friendly. This style of pant comes in a number of other fabrics such as a soft stretch knit, gaberdine and fleece. If your loved one is still mobile but needs help with getting pants on, there are other options as well. Open side pants replace buttons and zippers with two easy touch closures on both sides of the pant. Finally there is even a simply elastic waist pants. Click here to shop men’s and women’s adaptable jeans, trousers, track pants, and shorts.

 

Buying Adaptive Tops

Adaptive tops should be fuss-free and look great. If you require assisted dressing in the morning, open back tops can be a great aid in your morning routine. These shirts is secured using concealed snaps at the shoulders, away from any possible pressure points. It opens up completely which allows you to put it on someone without them having to raise their arms. There are countless amount of styles, patterns, and fabrics so everyone can find the top they love and need. Other adaptations include replacing the buttons on shirts with magnets, and creating shirts with wider openings to make them easier to get into. You can click here to view shirts and blouses for any occasion for both men and women.

 

Best Tools for Dressing

There are some tools that make getting dressed even easier.  Use these with your Silvert’s wardrobe for the least stressful dressing experience possible.

Grabber: 

Grabbers are fantastic claw-like tools with a long arm. They are fantastic for the person you are caring for to have around if their mobility allows them to use it. Most noteworthy, it may give them to freedom to pick things up that they otherwise couldn’t without you.

Shoe-Horn: 

Your loved one can put on a pair of shoes with a long-handled shoehorn without any bending. Both the waist and knees are protected.

Sock Aid: 

This is a tube that you can put your sock on, and then simply slide your foot in. This requires less bending and no struggle with tighter compression socks.

Adaptive Clothing isn’t just for people who are paralyzed or wheelchair dependent. It is any type of clothing that helps make any sort of struggle dressing easier. Adaptive Clothing can help the following conditions:

 

 

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