Adaptive Clothing for Seniors, Elderly & Disabled

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Ian C. Langtree - Content Writer/Editor for Disabled World
Published: 2015/03/25 - Updated: 2024/02/25
Publication Type: Informative
Contents: Summary - Definition - Introduction - Main - Related

Synopsis: Information on adaptive clothing for the elderly, people with disabilities, seniors, and those with mobility challenges. Adaptive clothing are specially designed garments and footwear specifically manufactured for adults and children with disabilities, seniors and the elderly, and people with mobility challenges who may have difficulty dressing. Adapted apparel makes dressing and undressing patients easier for caregivers, nurses, and hospice staff and helps provide nonrestrictive and sensory comfort to the wearer.


Who Wears Adaptive Clothing?

Over 55 million people in the United States have some disability, some of them with challenges requiring a high level of care by others. Most people from any walk of life know someone with a disability, and many of these disabilities can make even simple tasks like getting dressed very difficult. Medical adaptive clothes are useful for those with limited mobility (temporary or permanent) and medical conditions, including the elderly, the disabled, post-surgery needs, nursing homes, special needs, joint therapy, incontinence, fitness needs, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, stroke victims, people living with arthritis, and others.

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Benefits of Adaptive Clothes

Adaptive clothing offers numerous benefits, especially for individuals with disabilities or mobility challenges. Here's a list highlighting some of these benefits:

What to Look For When Purchasing Adaptive Clothes

Purchasing Garments Online or Overseas

In clothing, clothing size is defined as the label sizes used for male and female garments sold off the shelf. There are various standard sizing systems around the world depending on the garments, such as dresses, tops, skirts, and trousers - as well as size differences by country.

For those wishing to buy cheaper adaptive clothing - or even formal shoes and clothes items - from China, Japan, Mexico, Italy, etc., be sure to study our Male and Female Clothes Size Conversion Charts before ordering, as international standards regarding clothing sizes can vary greatly from country to country.

Neck Size: Measurement Chart and Health Information - Information on how to measure human neck size. Includes collar sizes measurement chart in inches and centimeters and possible health implications relating to larger neck sizes.

Designing and Making Adaptive Clothing at Home

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