What is adaptive clothing?
Open back garments for upper body disability
Easy access garments for lower body disability
Benefits of Errine Adaptive Clothing
Who Benefits From Adaptive Clothing
Adaptive clothing is specialised clothing that is modified to enable easier dressing for people with a disability. The clothing is modified to help people with a high degree of disability and their carers, or to assist individuals with a lower degree of disability to dress independently.
Degrees of Loss of Mobility and Disability
Any degree of disability can make getting clothes on and off difficult and undignified. At Errine Adaptive Clothing we believe every person has the right to wear clothes they feel comfortable and attractive in, and being able to dress without assistance whenever possible is crucial to restoring dignity.
Types Of Adaptive Clothing
Open back adaptive clothing is for people with an upper body disability and applies to e.g. shirts, tops, blouses and nightwear. The shirt or blouse easily slides on frontwards over the arms (like a hospital gown) and is secured at the top of the shoulders.
If someone has an upper body disability, the fully opening back means they don't have to bend arms or necks, lift or rotate shoulders or arms, or fight with small neck holes or sleeves.
The ease of dressing with less 'man-handling' also reduces the incidence of skin tears.
The wrap completely covers the back and attaches at the upper shoulders. The overlaps fall along the side seams so there is no gaping or seam / join through the middle of the shirt or blouse. Fasteners are positioned on the upper shoulders and are positioned to avoid pressure sores.
Blouse or shirts with button up fronts still have the buttons to maintain the look of a normal shirt or blouse, but are non functioning and are not used to get the garment on or off.
Errine adaptive pants are for people with a lower body disability and are designed to be comfortable when in the seated position for prolonged periods.
Adaptive pants close at the side along the seams which means the front of the pants can fold down from the seated position. The generous opening provides ample room to get the pants on and off, and most toileting or hygiene needs can be attended to without having to completely remove the pants.
The back waist is higher to prevent riding down and exposure of the lower back when sitting (as is the case with off-the-rack pants) and are roomier in the groin and belly area for comfort.
Whilst the fittings are generous they do not look over sized and can accommodate hip protectors, catheter bags, colostomy bags etc. without the pants feeling tight or uncomfortable.
With adaptive trousers the zipper fly front are able to be used like any other zipper fly front but the hidden advantage is the easy access sides discreetly placed along the outer side seams.
- Errine Adaptive Clothing is designed for health or mobility related needs providing a practical solution for special needs
- suitable for short or long term disability
- Velcro® and snap closures are strategically placed to reduce the amount of movement needed for assisted dressing and positioned to avoid pressure points
- ease of functionality provides easier quicker struggle free dressing
- no need to lift or bend arms or rotate painful shoulders during dressing
- faster more comfortable health care without compromising on style
- reduces potential of injury with reduced manual handling effort for carers and reduced man handling of wearer
- the clothing looks normal and feels comfortable for the wearer so increases quality of life
- full coverage for wheelchair / chair transfers with no exposure of the back or bottom maintains the dignity of the wearer
Limited mobility should not limit clothing options - Errine Adaptive Clothing is functional, comfortable, affordable, and looks like normal clothing with unobtrusive modifications such as concealment of zippers or Velcro® closures
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