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Why Health Care Professionals Recommend Adaptive Clothing & Footwear:

"Within the health care profession, nearly 50% of all "lost time" employee accidents involve back injuries related to resident transfer by clinical personnel (nursing services, technicians, therapists).

"Health care workers in the course of their daily direct care, or in support of it, may actually lift more than construction or warehouse workers. The health care worker's loads are far more precious, come in all sizes and shapes, and may not always be cooperative. Reducing the most severe employee exposure and the potential liability exposure of residents falling during transfer is essential to the fiscal as well as the physical well-being of health care organizations."

"Nursing staff at intermediate and long-term care facilities are frequently required to help dress residents. Due to the limited physical capabilities of many of the residents, dressing often entails repositioning and manual handling. Repositioning patients has been found to be the second most stressful task for nursing staff (Owen et al. 1992; Garg and Owen 1992), and studies have shown that up to 24% of all low back injuries to nursing staff are due to repositioning (Vasiliadou et al. 1995). An adaptive clothing program was developed at two facilities in the Interior Health Authority of BC in response to the high number of injuries to nursing staff that perform dressing tasks, and the fact that many residents consider dressing an unpleasant or painful experience. The evaluation of the program indicated that the adaptive clothing program was effective in reducing the risk of injury to workers. Of note, however, was that, when being dressed with adaptive clothing, the residents' shoulder and other joint movements were considerably reduced, helping also to minimize resident pain and discomfort. Residents were noticeably less agitated and appeared more comfortable throughout the dressing process (OHSAH 2003)."

—Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in BC. 2003. Adaptive Clothing Project: Final Report. Vancouver, BC: Author.

Adaptive Clothing can make such a difference in the quality of life for the family caregiver, the professional health care provider and those they care for.

Health Care Professionals Recommend Adaptive Clothing & Footwear

Video Transcript

My name is Michelle. Like many of you I am a professional caregiver, and I am here to speak to you about the advantages and benefits of utilizing Adaptive Clothing. As a health care professional, you must ensure the individual you are caring for remains comfortable and safe. But what is often overlooked is the necessity for maintaining your own comfort and safety as well.

Adaptive garments can greatly reduce the risk of injuries to care givers and their patients. Individuals suffering from the effects of physically debilitating conditions do not have the motor skills to dress themselves with conventional clothing.

Buttoning a shirt, putting on pants or tying a shoe lace – Everyday tasks, taken for granted, may now pose a challenge for patients, leaving them frustrated and depressed. Adaptive clothing and footwear products provide practical solutions to accommodate special needs.

Open back dressing designs allow wheelchair users to be dressed comfortably from a seated position in a struggle free manner. Snap closures are placed strategically on shoulders to avoid pressure points. Generous back overlaps on Adaptive garments provide discreet coverage for wheelchair transfers.

Adaptive Clothing should always take into consideration a patients comfort, dignity and well being. Clothing which utilizes full coverage overlaps, well placed snaps and suitably washable fabrics provide the ultimate in Adaptive comfort.

Adaptive Clothing ensures that the patient experiences minimal discomfort while being dressed or undressed by the health care professional. Including shirts, pants, dresses, tracksuits, and nightgowns.

The ability to be dressed from a seated position greatly reduces the risk of accidental falls. Pants completely open up and legs are comfortably inserted into the pant leg openings. Pants are drawn up to the upper thigh. Caregivers simply snap the generous overlap into place providing complete coverage and discretion.

Open back designs makes changing easy and convenient for individuals with incontinent issues.

With adaptive clothing, garment changes are effortless! The possibility of injury to the person being dressed or the person dressing them, such as yourself is greatly reduced.

Adaptive undergarments are also available.

Fingers slide into the large finger loops. Easy Touch tabs in the front of each hook assist in guiding the closure into place. 2 fingers and the palm of your hand and this bra releases!

Keeping ease and functionality in mind, the majority of Adaptive Clothing, features VELCRO® and snap fastenings. These fastenings are strategically placed in the front, sides or back of the garment to avoid pressure points.

Adaptive footwear is designed to be easily manipulated to accommodate swelling and various foot problems. Easy Touch VELCRO® fastenings are terrific for lowered hand dexterity while allowing for adjustments to various foot widths.

As we know non-ambulating or contracted patients are extremely difficult to dress. Adaptive Clothing provides easy dressing solutions for you as a caregiver.

Being in the Health Care field I have found that the risk of injury to the professional caregiver is an everyday concern. In my experience Adaptive Clothing aides in reducing the potential risk of injury for both the health care professional and the patient.

Adaptive Clothing has been designed to address specific stages of various conditions. For example, it is not unusual for Alzheimer's patients to inappropriately disrobe when confused or disoriented.

Anti-strip garments with reinforced fasteners have been designed to solve compulsive disrobing issues. While long back zippers provide for easy caregiver assisted dressing.

Similarly, footwear has been designed specifically for individuals with Diabetes, Edema, swelling and podiatric concerns. Non-constrictive socks and slippers encourage circulation, deter sores and reduce irritations. Skid Resistant socks and footwear help to prevent falls and to facilitate safe wheelchair transfers.

Now that you know the advantages of Adaptive clothing where can you find it? Silvert's is an industry leader, with 80 years of experience. They offer the selection and the quality that those in your care deserve.

You can find Silvert's by visiting 24/7 to shop an extensive line of Adaptive Clothing and Specialty Footwear or give your opinion on Silvert's Caregiver Blog. Most of Silvert's designs are a direct result of caregiver feedback! Why not check out Silvert's Nursing Home Services geared to meet the needs of facility ordering with the added benefits of special Nursing home promotions.

We have all encountered families who are unfamiliar or unaware of the benefits that adaptive clothing can provide their loved ones. Use Silvert's Helpful Dressing Video's located on their website to explain how Adaptive Clothing functions. You can also download a Free Educational Resource Dressing Video for Families or order a free copy to be sent to you.

Health Care Professionals Use Adaptive Clothing & Footwear in the following settings:

  • Home Care
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Skilled Nursing Home Facilities
  • Personal Care Homes
  • Group Homes
  • Long Term Care Homes
  • Retirement Homes
  • Convalescent Homes
  • Medicaid Nursing Homes
  • Homes for the Aged
  • Hospices
  • Respite Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Rest Homes
  • Intermediate Care Facilities
  • Residential Care
  • Medical Centers
  • Community Care Access Centres
  • Senior Day Care Centres
  • Senior Apartments

What Health Care Professionals Recommend Adaptive Clothing & Footwear:

  • Nurses
  • Registered Nurses
  • Registered Practical Nurses
  • Health Care Aids
  • Personal Support Workers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Activity Coordinators
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Director of Nursing
  • Director of Care
  • Hospital Discharge Planners
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Nursing Assistants
  • Nursing Aides
  • Support Aides
  • Activity Directors
  • Podiatrists
  • Home Care Workers
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Programs Manager
  • Recreation Managers
  • Volunteer Coordinators
  • Environmental Supervisors
  • Activation Supervisor
  • Life Enrichment Managers
  • Director of Resident Care
  • Gerontologists
  • Geriatric Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Doctors
  • Home Health Care Aides

Benefits of Recommending Adaptive Clothing & Footwear:

  • Fall Prevention
    Products that assist in preventing falls such as:
    • Skid resistant footwear (shoes & slippers)
    • Gripper socks for safer transfers
    • Seated Dressing with open back pants & opens side pants
  • Lowered Hand Dexterity, Visual Impairment, Incontinence & Podiatry Concerns
    • VELCRO® closure brand fastener pants, tops & skirts
    • VELCRO® closure brand fastener shoes & slippers
    • VELCRO® closure brand fastener bras
    • Diabetic & Edema socks, shoes & slippers
  • Paralysis
    • Open Back Tops for lowered upper arm paralysis
    • Open Back Pants for lowered mobility
  • Alzheimer's & Dementia Dressing
    • Anti disrobing jumpsuits
    • Back opening dressing for caregiver safety
  • Caregiver's Health & Safety
    • Seated dressing clothing & skid resistant footwear reduce caregiver back injuries
    • Struggle free dressing reduces the level of frustration in daily dressing
    • Adaptive clothing reduces dressing times
    • Dressing solutions reduce potential patient injuries
    • Reduces care giving time by offering independent dressing solutions

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