What is Adaptive Clothing?

Information courtesy of our sister business, Geri Fashions.

Adaptive clothing refers to specially designed apparel tailored to individuals facing challenges in dressing themselves, whether due to age, disability, or restricted mobility. Contrary to common misconceptions that associate adaptive clothing solely with wheelchair users, it provides valuable benefits to anyone encountering limitations with conventional attire.

Numerous seniors find adaptive clothing to be a source of convenience and comfort. These garments include open-back shirts, extra-wide slippers and shoes, snap-button pants, and wrap-around skirts and dresses for women. Such clothing not only caters to the elderly but also plays a vital role in enhancing the quality of life for those managing various health conditions such as ALS, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer's, arthritis, post-shoulder surgery recovery, edema, or hospital recuperation.

The simplicity and functionality of adaptive clothing significantly alleviate the challenges associated with dressing, leading to an improved overall quality of life.

If you would like to download or print information about adaptive clothing, please click here to access our PDF Complete Guide to Adaptive Clothing that is formatted for printing. 

How Does Adaptive Clothing Make Changing Easier?

Adaptive clothing simplifies the process of changing attire by minimizing the need for extensive mobility when adjusting, removing, or donning garments. These clothing items emphasize centralized and body-hugging adjustments rather than requiring individuals to stretch their limbs or back. One key advantage of adaptive clothing is that it facilitates caregivers in effortlessly changing the clothing of individuals with limited mobility.

Types of Adaptive Clothing

At first glance, adaptive clothing often resembles standard attire, yet it provides enhanced comfort and convenience. These garments include open-back shirts, generously wide slip-on slippers and shoes, snap-button pants for effortless fastening, and wrap-around skirts and dresses.

Open Back Pants

Open Back Pants

Open-back pants are well-suited for individuals in wheelchairs or those who cannot comfortably wear traditional pants or bear weight on their lower body. These pants feature a back cutout design with a discreet modesty flap to ensure coverage. Fastening is achieved through three snaps located on the side, allowing for approximately 1.5 to 2 inches of adjustment. The unique design of open-back pants enables caregivers to change individuals while they are either standing or lying down. For more detailed information, explore our comprehensive Guide to Open-Back Pants.

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Open Back Tops


Open Back Tops

Open back clothing is applied by using snaps at the shoulder. This style still provides full coverage as an average shirt but it is much easier to put on and take off. Caregivers also love this style as it provides an easier changing experience as the individual being changed does not need to raise their arms. This style of product is available in long sleeve, short sleeve, polo shirts, blouses and cardigans. Check out our Guide to Open Back Tops for more information.

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Dignity Suits


Dignity (Anti-Strip) Suits

Primarily used with individuals who have Alzheimer's or Dementia, Anti-Strip Suits are used to prevent inappropriate undressing. These suits are done up with snap closures at the back neckline, making it harder for the person wearing the suit to take it off. Caregivers appreciate these suits as it provides safety for the themselves as well as the person they are caring for. To learn more about dignity suits, check out our Guide to Choosing a Dignity Suit.

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Adaptive Slippers


Adaptive Slippers

Adaptive Slippers are easy to remove and put on. By using large Velcro fasteners, adaptive slippers open wider than a traditional slipper, allowing the foot to be easily placed inside with minimal effort. Ideal for those being looked after by a caregiver. Available in wide fit to accommodate for swollen feet.

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If you have any questions about which adaptive clothing you need or to know what selection we have, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We're here to help.

Other Resources

How to Choose a Dignity Suit

Guide to Open Back Tops

Guide to Open Back Pants

How to Choose Adaptive Slippers

What Type of Adaptive Clothing Do I Need?

Clothing Sizing Guide