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Adaptive Clothing/Apparel for Health Care Professionals

Why Healthcare Professionals recommend Adaptive Clothing

Adaptive Clothing is beneficial to every health care professional. Adaptive tops, pants and footwear ease the job of a health care professional by making the routine of dressing less painful and more efficient. The dressing process can be less painful for both you and your patient. It can be less painful for you for a number of reasons.

Saves back & shoulder pain

Often when patients have Alzheimer’s or Dementia, they can be aggressive when dressing. Pulling shirts over their face can confused and put them into a panic, making them aggressive. The nature of an open back top will reduce this struggle because there will be no more forcing a shirt over the head into small neck holes. If the dementia patient has disrobing problems, an anti-strip suit was created, looking similar to a top and bottoms set this.

Dressing from behind avoids hitting

Back & shoulder pain is a common problem among nurses. This can happen from lifting larger patients or constantly rolling and lifting patients to put tops on. With open back apparel, you no longer have to roll your patients as much, or lift them as much, because of the snap closures on the shoulders and the wrap around pants. Pain can also come from struggling to get clothing on patients or struggling to get patients dressed on a timeline. Adaptive Clothing is so easy to put on it will reduce time and avoid struggling to put the clothing on.

Faster & more efficient

It’s also a matter of time. With a faster routine you will have more time to do things that your patient enjoys doing. Getting adaptive clothes on is so much less of a struggle that health care professionals will notice a change in how long it takes to get through the morning routine. This is especially beneficial to long term care and nursing homes, when a nurse or support worker may have to attend to more than one resident within a morning.

How does Adaptive Footwear Help Health Care Professionals?

Adaptive footwear makes it easier on health care professionals particularly nurses and occupational therapists. In long term care environments residents often have daily exercises to stay healthy, but having improper footwear can be an issue when trying to get the resident to stand or walk. Slip resistant soles are extremely helpful in making sure that a resident can stay safe while doing exercises. Having proper footwear at all times includes shoes for hallways and outdoors, slippers for in the room and trips down the hall, slip resistant socks are also an option for nighttime trips to the bathroom. The other great feature of adaptive footwear is how easy it is to put on and take off. With large openings, easy touch fastenings and wider widths, adaptive footwear is easier to put on and get off, making it less of a struggle. With a large variety of options, it’s easier to find footwear that is right for our patient.

Features of Adaptive Footwear:

  1. Slip resistant soles
  2. Wide & Extra Wide Widths
  3. Easy touch fasteners
  4. Large openings
  5. Heel support

How does Adaptive Clothing & Footwear Help Your Patients?

Your patient can finally have clothing where fashion meets functionality. They can have clothing that they are comfortable in and getting in and out of, but that will also work with their sense of fashion. With the extensive variety of adaptive tops and bottoms, it’s easy to find something for everyone. Adaptive Clothing opens up to make larger holes, eliminating the struggle of putting arms and legs into small neck holes or tight waistbands. It gives them more dignity by having a generous overlap, to ensure that no skin is showing. With so many styles and fabrics, you can rest assure that you patient will always be wearing something that is keeping them at the right temperature comfortably.

  1. Less pain when dressing
  2. No more struggling with daily dressing
  3. Dignity in what they are wearing
  4. Comfortable fabrics and styles
  5. Fashion meets functionality

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

Silvert’s offers a large range of fall prevention footwear and clothing:

  • Lowered Hand Dexterity, Visual Impairment, Incontinence & Podiatry Concerns
    • Easy Touch closure fastener pants & skirts
    • Easy Touch closure brand fastener shoes & slippers
    • Easy snap closure and hook closure bras
    • Diabetic & Edema socks, shoes & slippers

  • Alzheimer's & Dementia Dressing
  • 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
  • Why Health Care Professionals Recommend Adaptive Clothing & Footwear:

    Healthcare professionals are among the highest in North America of workplace back injuries. Back injuries commonly occur from moving patients on a daily basis. Below are examples of how adaptive clothing can greatly benefit health care professionals and help in reducing workplace injuries.

    In 2016, ‘overexertion and bodily reaction’ in registered nurses was a higher percentage than any other occupation. Registered nurses are in charge of dressing patients and moving, rolling, bending or lifting patients on a daily basis. Often they are moving multiple patients throughout the day.

    ‘Violence and other injuries by persons or animals’ is another problem that nurses and other healthcare aids have a much higher rate than all other occupations. Registered nurses deal with violence three times greater than any other profession. This is often due to patients being aggressive towards nurses, whether it is on purpose or not. Patients with disabilities such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s or other memory problems can become confused and aggressive when approached. For a nurse who has to dress them every morning and evening, this can become a huge stressor.

    Open back tops, nightgowns and dresses reduce the face to face interaction and allows you to dress the patient from behind. This greatly reduces the risk of being struck by a patient. The comfortable stretch material completely opens up, allowing the garment to be slid up the arms and be wrapped around to the back. Once at the back, the garment is simply snapped into place with dome closures. These closures are placed strategically on the shoulders to ensure that there are no pressure points while the patient is lying down.

    One main offenders of workplace injury is a musculoskeletal disorder often when handling patients. Drawing attention to dressing situations, a healthcare professionals helping a patient dress every morning and evening involves sitting them up to help put shirts on. Rolling patients back and forth in order to pull pants up, as well as bending to help patients put on other pieces of clothing that are more mobile and only require minimal help. That’s bending, pushing and pulling all before the day even starts.

    Adaptive Clothing will allow patients to be more independent, with a soft elastic waist pants, magnetic tops, and pants that open at the side with easy touch fasteners instead of buttons and zippers. Adaptive Footwear is made with larger openings and easy touch (or Velcro brand closures) fastenings to make footwear much easier to put on. This will let patients stay independent for longer, without having to struggle with laces. For patients that are reliant on assisted dressing, it will be easier to guide the foot into the shoe resulting in less time to bending. This alleviates some bending in the nurses dressing routine.

    Patients that are wheelchair bound, bed ridden or have other forms of paralysis, adaptive wear can be the perfect solution. Open back wear has stretchy comfortable materials for pants and tops that fasten up at the back. This allows the person that is being dressed to remain in a seated or lying down position while dressing. Open back pants have snaps at the back, so the pants are drawn up to the legs, and then the pants are wrapped around the body and snapped at the waist. This means the patient doesn’t need to be rolled as much while getting the pants on. This is beneficial throughout the day if there are any spills or accidents on the pants simply unbutton the back and the pants easily slide off as easily as they slide on.

    Unfortunately, with all these injuries and workplace violence, nurses have a turnover rate of up to 37% (Nursing Solutions, 2016) because of nursing burnout. Nursing burnout is a mix of nurses that are over worked or suffer from a workplace injury and never return to the work force. Any help to the daily job of a healthcare professional is important in lowering the turnover rate and reducing nursing burnout. Adaptive Clothing is an immensely helpful solution to the morning & evening routine by reducing stress on the back; less lifting and shifting allows nurses to preserve their back for longer. Adaptive Clothing allows nurses to dress violent patients from behind; with the ease of dressing from behind as well as the lowered amount of time spent struggling to dress. Adaptive Clothing has a solution for every dressing situation, and enables you to find a solution to even the most problem dressers.

    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. The world of adaptive clothing is so vast, but at Silvert’s can be broken down into two main groups; independent dressing and assisted dressing. As well there is the footwear category, filled with adaptations to handle any foot problem.

    Within assisted dressing there is the open back design. This open back design is available in tops, bottoms, nightwear and dresses. Open back design for tops and nightwear consists of two snaps that rest on either shoulder. The top is able to open up completely, so the health care professional now simply slides the arms through the generous sleeves, pulls the top up, wraps it around and snaps it into place. Open Back Pants are similar to the tops where they open up completely around the waist so the wearer can put the pants on from a seated position.

    Benefits of Open Back Clothing:

    1. No more small neck holes – opens up completely
    2. Generous sleeves
    3. Stretchy material
    4. Easy access for lowered upper body mobility
    5. Secure snaps on shoulders to avoid pressure points
    6. Full back overlap to ensure dignity
    7. Can be dressed from a seated position

    Independent dressing solutions involve different levels of independent dressing and different conditions. Elasticized pants allow pants to be pull-up pants, not having to struggle with zippers or buttons. Open side pants have easy touch closures on either side of the pant, allowing for large openings getting into the pants and easy fastenings. There is the line of magnetic clothing, including magnetic tops that mimic buttons of a button up shirt.

    Adaptive Footwear gives a large variety of adaptations to accommodate any foot problems including edema, swelling, corns, bunions, hammertoes and more. Some key features of adaptive footwear include:
    • Wide Openings
    • Easy Touch/ VELCRO brand closures
    • Wide widths
    • Heel Support
    • Slip Resistant Soles
    • Soft fabrics for sensitive feet


    FAQ’s Health Care Professionals have asked:

    How do I help my patient get dressed?

    Make sure to treat the patient in a polite manner. It is important to be careful not to pull or push them as he/she may get hurt. It is recommended that you talk to the patient while dressing them up in order to try and make them feel more comfortable.

    Encouraging the patient to dress/undress themselves most of the time is advised and interference is necessary only when they face difficulty in changing. Keeping the clothes in reach of the patients is recommended in order to avoid difficulty.

    How do I prevent my patient from falling?

    Checking blood pressure while the patient is sitting and standing in order to make sure their blood pressure isn’t on the low side overall.

    Gait, strength and balance evaluations often in conjunction with physical therapy. An evaluation can help determine whether the patient has poor balance and diminished leg strength. Doing exercises designed to improve balance and strength may help counter this.

    Make sure that they are always wearing proper footwear. Try to always have a slip resistant bottom on anything and everything they are wearing on their feet at all times. Often patients don’t want shoes on at all times. This is why it’s important to have slip resistant slippers ready for them when they want to take their shoes off and relax. If they are going to sleep, putting a pair of gripper socks on them can greatly benefit night time visits to the washroom.

    How to help my patients get dressed without being injured?

    Undress the bit of the body that is weaker. Patients at first may need your help when it comes to changing clothes, however as you teach them gradually, their confidence increases and their risk of falling decreases. It is important to give the patient some freedom when getting dressed and only provide assistance when needed. Adaptations to their clothing can help them feel independent but still making the dressing process easy. Easy touch closures instead of buttons and zippers, or simply elasticized pants can eliminate the struggle of everyday dressing. This will also cut the time of changing down, making it a less tiresome process.

    Changing clothes can be a lengthy and tiresome process; it is important to keep closely watching them and ensure they rest at frequent intervals. Tiredness may lead to falling and injury.

    How do I keep myself from falling when helping elderly patients?

    Make sure you wear suitable footwear in order to prevent any falls when assisting an elderly person. Having properly fitted, sturdy, non-skid soles may be necessary to help prevent falling while helping elderly patients.

    It may be necessary to make sure that there are no trip hazards or wet surfaces nearby when helping elderly patients in order to prevent falling. This may reduce the risk of both the patient and the carer from losing their balance at the time.

    How to help someone dress with dementia?

    It is important to get the balance correct. Giving your patient a choice about what they want to wear daily, to promote a feeling of independence, but not asking them to choose from a large selection of clothes which could potentially overwhelm the patient. Labeling drawers so they are able to find clothes themselves if they are able may be a good idea.

    Making the room comfortable by ensuring the room is warm enough to get undressed in and that the curtains are closed to give them some privacy. A chair or a rail may be needed to support them while they dress.

    Giving guidance is necessary if they are unable to dress themselves or are lacking confidence. The amount you give is dependent on each person. A verbal prompt may just be required, for example, ‘put your shirt on, and then your trousers’. However some people may struggle physically putting clothes on and stepping in by you may be necessary. The use of actions and pointing to different parts of the body in order to help them grasp which item of clothing goes wear may be helpful.

    Using dressing aids such as shoe horns, elastic laces and other useful tools may help make dressing easier, especially if they have mobility issues.

    It is important to allow the person plenty of time. It may take longer than before to get an individual with dementia dressed. Do not rush the process in order to help them feel comfortable and calm.

    How to help keep the dignity of an elderly person when they can't dress themselves?

    People may have a strong idea of what type of clothes are best suited towards their personality and personal preferences, so stopping their ability to choose can be harmful towards their dignity. However this does not mean you cannot assist them.

    Alongside their approval you can help them dress, but let them choose what they want to wear. Included in this, is the physical act of choosing. Do not just lay out a particular outfit for the patient just to speed things up unless they ask you to. Give them adequate time to choose their own from the wardrobe.

    Seated dressing Options - prevents falling, helps the nurses job easier

    The use of adaptive clothing may help dressing a seated patient a lot easier. Adaptive clothing pants may be changed from a seated position with no standing.

    The back of adaptive clothing pants may completely open up. Legs may be able to be inserted from a seated position with certain adaptive clothing pants and drawn up to the inner thigh. This may help prevent falling and may help dressing the individual easier. To learn more about adaptive clothing click here.

    Health Care Professionals Recommend Adaptive Clothing & Footwear

    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
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