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What is Adaptive Clothing for Seniors?

Adaptive clothing is designed for people with physical or cognitive deficits. It often involves rear-design fastenings to enable clothing to be put on and taken off with ease. Although functional, adaptive clothing is expensive and wearers can often suffer from a lack of self esteem due to wearing 'special clothes'.


At Senior Style we have realised that most circumstances where adaptive clothing may be used can be overcome by the use of appropriate, everyday clothing. All our items have been carefully selected for the individual needs of our customers and are made of stretchy fabrics that retain their shape. They offer plenty of room to manoeuvre, ideal for people that have had a stroke, have contractures or poor range of movement in their limbs.


For those that have arthritis, joint pain and reduced finger dexterity may become a problem. We have counteracted that by eliminating fiddly buttons, buckles, clasps and zips from our range. Our clothing also have flat seams to reduce the possibility of pressure injuries caused by immobility of the wearer.


If your family member or loved one has advanced dementia you may find that they are resistive to personal care and find the idea of being dressed distressing. This frustration can be exacerbated when it takes time to get inappropriate clothing on or off, often having to manipulate limbs causing further anguish. Our loose fitting and stretchy clothing promote a more comfortable and less distressing experience particularly with this item, where only one piece of clothing has to be put on but offers the appearance and comfort of 2.


If you are living with diabetes you will need footwear appropriate for your needs. Our adjustable slippers are ideal as they reduce the risk of sores or irritation to your feet. If you have oedema, better known as fluid-retention usually in the feet, lower legs and ankles, the slippers adjust to fit all widths of feet and our seamless, loose top socks do not restrict circulation like elastic topped socks can. You may also require looser fitting pants that are easy to get on and accommodate the increase in leg and foot size.


The benefits of our clothing are three pronged. Firstly, piece of mind for family and friends knowing that their loved ones will find getting dressed a more positive and less painful experience. Secondly, ease and less guilt for care givers. Thirdly and most importantly, the recipient will enjoy greater comfort with less frustration feeling that they are an empowered stylish senior.