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Everyday tasks, such as buttoning up a shirt is often taken for granted by most people, however, for people living with disabilities, dressing can be quite difficult. For example, someone living with arthritis could find handling buttons and zip fastenings very challenging and painful. There are many everyday struggles that anyone with a disability face and dressing is probably one of the main ones.

This is where adaptive clothing comes in to help. Clothing and footwear that is specially designed and adapted to enable the task of dressing to be carried out with less difficulty. Tasks that were perhaps once impossible can now become more manageable and carried out with ease and comfort and at the same time giving back a person’s independence to dress themselves much more easily than before. Adaptive clothing and footwear also enables caregivers to quickly support and dress people with more complex disabilities using specially designed features such as wheelchair pants that can be put on a person whilst they remain seated in the chair.

What is women's adaptive clothing? Examples can be found here.

What is men's adaptive clothing? Examples can be found here.

What Is An Example Of Adaptive Clothing?

We will list a few! Examples of adaptive clothing and footwear include shirts, tops, dresses and trousers that can open at the side, back or shoulders with Easy Touch or magnetic closures instead of fiddly buttons. Shoes and slippers, fastened easily with Easy Touch straps instead of difficult laces. There are many designs and styles available with clever, adaptable features that all help towards making the everyday task of dressing much easier and quicker!

Adaptive Clothing - The Benefits

There are so many benefits that are provided with adaptive clothing and one of the main benefits is that it is adapted to suit all levels of disabilities, therefore providing support for all individuals depending on their own level of need. It can prevent a person living with more complex disabilities from suffering with pain whilst trying to dress either by themselves or by their caregiver. It can give back independence to a person which is so important where they can still maintain dressing themselves as much as possible. At the same time, where a person is unable to physically dress themselves, adaptive clothing enables their carers to carry out the task quickly, easily and importantly, maintains the person’s dignity.

When a person begins to lose their skills of being able to dress they can become emotional and upset at being faced with the difficulty of things they once did without even thinking about it. The benefit of using adaptive clothing makes any challenges less apparent therefore, less stressful. It gives back a person’s sense of achievement and wellbeing and eliminates any possible frustrations at not being able to do something. It gives them back control.

Adaptive Clothing - Benefits for Caregivers and Healthcare Professionals

Many people living with limited mobility and more complex disabilities require assistance with many everyday tasks such as dressing. Adaptive clothing provides benefits for both the person and their caregiver. These benefits include the speed at which the task can be carried out, together with the ease and comfort of the task, thus avoiding any pain or discomfort or even possible injury to the caregiver.

Healthcare professionals and caregivers can encourage and support people in using adaptive clothing to continue to maintain independence for people who are able to carry on dressing themselves for as long as they can.

Features of Adaptive Footwear

  • Adaptive footwear is designed for comfort and safety. Their features include;
  • Slip resistant soles to avoid falls and slips
  • Wider widths and depth for comfort and ease in putting on
  • Comfortable Materials
  • Easy Touch Fasteners such as VELCRO® Brand Closure

Adaptive footwear is great for anyone but it is ideal for older or more vulnerable people who may beat risk of falling over or have difficulty in putting on footwear. Adaptive footwear is designed to keep an individual’s comfort and safety in mind.

Adaptive Clothing and Footwear and Where it Can Be Found

Silvert's Holdings Ltd., operating as Silvert's Adaptive Clothing & Footwear, is a U.S. and Canadian based retailer that designs and distributes adaptive clothing and footwear for both men and women. The company makes a vast range of adaptive clothing and footwear featuring many different styles and designs, including clothing designed for wheelchair users, easy access clothing, diabetic shoes, socks and slippers, designed to assist more physically challenged people with their daily dressing and undressing while maintaining dignity, convenience and comfort.

Silverts, the original adaptive clothing supplier, has been pleased to make dressing easier for disabled adults, seniors and the elderly by offering the largest selection of quality affordable adaptive clothing and adaptive footwear for over 89 years.

A large percentage of our customers are caregivers who purchase adaptive clothing, elderly clothing and/or elderly footwear for their loved ones. Silvert's understands the difficulty of purchasing on others behalf and the caregiver's need for a full return and exchange policy.

For many this may be your first time purchasing adaptive clothing or adaptive shoes for your loved one. Questions may arise such as: what is adaptive nursing home clothing? or what size clothing should I order? Silvert's Customer Service Department is pleased to respond to all your questions and phone 1-800-387-7088, Email [email protected] or by Online Chat during regular business hours (EST).