What is Adaptive Clothing?
Adaptive clothing is designed for easier dressing which minimizes awkward movements, pain, discomfort and frustration. For caregivers and nursing home staff, it allows patients to be dressed with ease, reducing risk of injury. Adaptive clothing looks and feels like conventional clothing. The main difference is how the person is dressed. The clothing tends to be roomier, has elastic waistbands, uses snaps/ties and is designed with larger openings. The clothing comes in a great selection and includes nightwear, dresses, pants and more.
Why is Adaptive Clothing Needed?
Dressing is an important part of our lives. Looking nice promotes self-esteem leading to increased quality of life. Dressing someone who requires total assistance is physically and mentally stressful for both the patient and the caregiver. Adaptive clothing aims to reduce the physical strain and minimize the frustration for everyone.
Is a Prescription Required to Purchase Adaptive Clothing?
Adaptive clothing (excluding footwear) is tax exempt with a Doctor's prescription. For patients in a nursing home this is completed by the Recreation Therapist and is on file.