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Adaptive Caregiving: Part 2

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Buttoning a blouse, pulling a sweater over my head, tying my shoes, and zipping up my jacket — I go through these simple, everyday tasks of getting dressed in the morning without giving them much thought. All I need is about fifteen minutes to pull myself together, and out the door I go; but not everyone has it this easy.

Chronic physical pain, arthritic fingers and joints, swollen legs, feet and ankles, and limited range of motion would make anyone want to stay in their pajamas — getting dressed, and undressed, can be incredibly challenging.

Good news prevails. People who have difficulty getting dressed (and those who assist them) are discovering the joys of adaptive clothing. It’s a whole new way to be fashionable and feel stylish — and yet, the concept is not new at all. If you are curious as to what adaptive clothing is all about, it is important for you to know up front that not all adaptive clothing is created equal.

Easy on-and-off clothing and shoes are a given. Comfort and quality are not. For starters, well-designed adaptive clothing will never interfere with the wearer’s pressure points – yet many of the newcomer adaptive-clothing manufacturers do not pay attention to this critically important detail.

Compare apples to apples when you shop online for adaptive clothing and shoes, Follow this checklist:

  • Per each item, read the customer reviews.
  • Compare the cost of the item with the quality of other brands.
  • Look for professional and medical association endorsements.
  • Read the reviews on customer service.
  • Find out how long the company has been in business
  • Look for customer comments on how long the clothes last and how they stand up to many washing cycles.
  • Look for customer satisfaction for the caregivers who assist the wearers.
  • Obtain the item guarantee and easy-return policies.

Helping someone get dressed and undressed is nothing short of a labor of love. And one of the greatest gifts we can give to the elders we love is when they hear those magic words, “You look lovely.”

Read “Adaptive Caregiving: Part 1” Here

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Joy Loverde is the author of the best-seller, The Complete Eldercare Planner (Random House, 2009) and Who Will Take Care Of Me When I Am Old? (Da Capo, 2017). Joy’s media credits include the Today Show, CBS Early Show, CNN, and National Public Radio among many others. Joy also serves as a mature-market consultant and spokesperson for manufacturers, corporations, law firms, financial institutions, insurance, associations, healthcare organizations, senior housing, and other members of the fast-growing eldercare industry.

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