The Many Benefits of Adapted Clothing for Elderly People
Dressing seniors can sometimes be a challenging experience because of the difficulties that often come with the task. This difficulty is usually due to an inability to manipulate closures (think buttons and zippers) or limited motion that affects their ability to dress.
Yet as their caregiver, it is your responsibility to ensure that they are dressed in clothing that is comfortable and easy to wear.
Enter adapted clothing.
Adaptive clothing is a trend in senior care involving clothing designed for the elderly or infirm people and those with senior mobility issues that may have trouble dressing. The kernel of the concept of adaptive clothing is making inclusive dressing available to more people than ever. But adaptive clothing doesn’t just help seniors. It benefits their caregivers a lot as well.
This blog post discusses some of the many benefits of adapted clothing for seniors.
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It Simplifies Dressing for Seniors
Adapted clothing is designed to make dressing easier for older adults who have difficulty with certain tasks. For example, adapted clothing often has elastic waistbands and Velcro closures, making it simpler to put on and take off. Adapted clothing is also typically made from lightweight materials, which help keep seniors cool during the summer months.
So seniors can easily take off or put on their clothes if they opt for adaptive clothing. No need to get a caregiver’s help or rely on them whenever they get dressed. This fosters some sense of self-reliance and increases independence. The best thing about adaptive clothing is that it can also help seniors with mobility issues as there are adaptive specifically designed for them.
Reduced Risk of Falls
Another great benefit of adapted clothing is that it can help reduce the risk of falls. Many pieces of adapted clothing feature large buttons or prints, making them easier to see and less likely to cause a fall. Additionally, adapted clothes are usually loose-fitting, which helps prevent trips and slips. And so, since they are easier to get on and off, seniors are less likely to fall or injure themselves while wearing them. Having easy shoes that can easily be slipped on and off and are still sturdy enough to protect them from skidding when walking around.
Adaptive clothing is designed so that both the clothes and shoes facilitate movement around the house. There are also easy shoes that can easily be slipped on and off and are still sturdy enough to protect them from skidding when walking around.
With such ease in movement, the risks of falls are significantly reduced.
Even adaptive footwear allows seniors who have swollen feet to still move around within such a condition.
It is Great for Changing or Checks
In caregiving, you often have to run a quick check on something like a surgical site on the body of a post-operative senior. Or you just need to get the clothes changed because they soiled it without calling your attention to the need to relieve themselves.
In such situations, you need to sort things out ASAP. Many adaptive clothing comes with back designs meant to provide access to specific areas, so you don't have to take off the whole outfit. It saves you the stress and inconvenience of taking off the clothing while possibly saving the senior from the embarrassment of changing soiled clothing or exposing certain parts of their bodies. We recommend that you get adaptive clothing if you have any seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia because they often require urgent, unscheduled patient checks.
It Helps with Managing Pressure and Pain
Most seniors with mobility issues often have an extremely torrid time when trying to get their regular clothes on or off. Imagine how challenging it would be for a senior with joint pain or fibromyalgia to put on clothes made from thick fabrics that put some pressure on the body after extended periods of sitting or lying down.
Another instance where adaptive clothing can save the day is with post-operative patients who have a surgical site that has not healed and needs constant checks. The checks require some measure of convenience, while the senior will need some comfort since there is the tendency for the clothes to chafe or put too much pressure on the surgical site. Thankfully, that is not the case with adaptive clothing that uses minimal seams to increase comfort and facilitate access to sensitive and private areas of the body through the wide openings in the adaptive clothing.
It Saves Time
This is perhaps of the most popular benefits of using adaptive clothing. Neither the caregiver nor the senior has to waste significant amounts of time taking off or putting on a piece of clothing. Adaptive clothing often comes in struggle-free clothing that has eliminated the need for clasps, buttons, and zippers. Velcro and magnetic closures are the leading features of adaptive clothing that make dressing up so much easier and more time efficient. As a caregiver, you get more time to handle more tasks while the senior in question can also focus on other things.
Here is a quick tip. As a caregiver, depending on the health needs of your patients, you want to opt for adaptive pieces that have openings on the back because of the access that it affords you. For some seniors who don’t require too much attention, it’s okay to get the adaptive pieces with side openings. This allows them to dress themselves, so you have less to do.
The clothes designed for seniors must cater to their mental and physical needs. There are a lot of risks involved when seniors have to wear or remove regular clothing. That is why adaptive clothing should be used more often in the caregiving industry.
Here is a caveat, though. The information in this blog post should not be used as medical advice. If you are experiencing any health problems, please consult a doctor or other healthcare professional.