What were your thoughts when selecting the outfit you put on this morning? Comfort? Style? A particular memory attached to a piece of clothing? The clothes we wear are a fundamental part of our identity, and the simple act of choosing what to wear and having the ability to put it on is vital to our independence. When the effects of growing older or a health condition like arthritis make it hard to self-dress, finding the best adaptive clothing for seniors is a great way to maintain self-sufficiency.
What Kinds of Adaptive Clothing Are Best?
There are several key features to consider in adaptive clothing, including:
- How easy it is to wash: Choose machine wash/tumble dry clothing made from fabric that resists wrinkles and will be most comfortable and convenient.
- How it fastens: Buttons and zippers are more difficult to manipulate than Velcro, snaps, or magnets.
- How it is put on: Raising the arms and pulling a tight sweater over the head is much more challenging than slipping on a cardigan. For someone in a wheelchair or with other mobility issues, clothing that opens in the back or on the side is an even better choice.
- How restrictive it is: Clothing with adjustable straps or an elastic waistband is less restrictive and also works well for someone with fluctuating weight or problems with swelling.
- How it aids in preventing falls: Don’t forget about footwear! Adaptive shoes are usually slip-resistant and can accommodate swelling or a brace.
Will It Fit?
Purchasing items that are comfortable and fit well isn’t always easy, particularly if you’re ordering clothing online. Here’s how to achieve the very best results:
- Measure first. Get an accurate measurement of the individual’s hips, waist, inseam, and for women, bust.
- Check the charts. Many online adaptive clothing sites will provide size charts. Together with the individual’s body measurements, pay attention to whether the garments will have a relaxed or slim fit.
- Try it on. Whenever possible, the simplest way to ensure a great fit is by trying the items on and having the individual move around to check for flexibility, mobility, and comfort. If a piece of clothing misses the mark in any of these areas, return it or speak with a seamstress or tailor about altering it.
Keep in mind too that although adaptive clothing’s purpose is to make getting dressed easier and safer, that does not mean you need to settle for frumpy frocks! Take some time together and look at patterns, colors, and styles online so the older adult can select the items they like best.
Contact Superior Senior Home Care for further assistance with choosing the best adaptive clothing for seniors. We’re here to offer tried and true tips, take older adults shopping, provide support with getting dressed, and much more. Serving Lompoc, Nipomo, Santa Ynez, and the surrounding areas, you can contact us any time at (805) 737-4357 for more information.