Wheelchair users and those with reduced mobility can often benefit from wearing adaptive clothing. That is, clothing specifically designed for those who have to spend several hours in the same position, or for those who have difficulty moving or dressing themselves. Adaptive clothing can be very comfortable and can help those who wear it to undertake their day-to-day activities with ease. These types of garment can often allow for a greater degree of
independence, as well as making the work of caregivers and family members easier when it comes to dressing and bathing. But can adaptive also be fashionable? Hannah Dunk, Owner at Blossom Boutique Clothing says: “Fashion is a statement.
We all have the right to choose our own style and show the world our identities! Fashion is something that defines us and shows our personalities. So when my Mum was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I questioned the world of fashion for wheelchair users. Why was there so little choice?”
The practicalities of adaptive clothing
Unsuitable clothing may not just impact a wheelchair users comfort but also their health. For example, garments that are wrinkled, creased or which have pronounced seams can exacerbate, or cause, pressure sores or ulcers. There are other practicalities to take into consideration too. As a wheelchair user getting dressed, or undressed, in non-adaptive clothing can be problematic with zips and fastenings being difficult to reach or use.
Adaptive clothing – general features and examples
Wearing adaptive clothing can be beneficial to wheelchair users, thanks to a number offeatures:
- Side openings in trousers and skirts allow wheelchair users to dress in bed, or in a
laying down position.
- Fastenings such as magnetic buttons and Velcro(TM) are often easier to use. Combine these with adjustable elasticated sections to ensure increased user comfort and easy dressing.
What to look for when buying adaptive clothing
There are, of course, many practical considerations to take into account when shopping for accessible clothing. For example, when purchasing trousers:
- Look for a fit that’s cut to adapt to a seated position. This often means the rear is higher than the front to prevent the wearer’s back becoming exposed by the trousers sliding down when seated.
- Opt for trousers in a longer length to avoid the legs being exposed when sitting.
- Try to find adaptive trousers with longer zips which can make them easier to fasten
- Think about practicality – where are pockets positioned? Are they in a position where you will be able to use and easily access them? Beware of seams and rivets on the rear.
At Adaptive Clothing Indonesia, we understand that as a wheelchair user you demand products that look as stylish as they are practical. That’s why our products comes in many options for the size, feature and color as well, to enable you to live without limits.