How does Adaptive Clothing Provide a Hygienic Solution for Dressing the Elderly?
With the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on the rise, the need for easy dressing solutions is greater than ever. Whether your loved one is at home or in a nursing care facility, adaptive clothing provides easy dressing solutions for the caregiver, healthcare professionals and seniors.
What sets adaptive clothing apart from the traditional attire is its functionality and comfort. Adaptive clothing offers dressing solutions that help reduce the physical strain on health care professionals and provides hygienic and easy dressing solution for the patient or senior in home care settings.
Open back tops, that are part of the adaptive wear collection, reduce the frequent skin contact for:
- Those with reduced immune systems
- caregiver’s who assist in dressing
Dressing patients or seniors from behind with back snap closures helps limit the exposure to coughs and airborne fluids.
What Are Some of the Benefits of Adaptive Tops and Pants?
There are many benefits of adaptive clothing for healthcare professionals, caregivers and seniors in home care or those in nursing care facilities:
Ease of Dressing:
With traditional clothing, the caregiver must stand in front of the senior or patient and help them wear their clothes or gowns. If the patient or senior is sick, coughs or sneezes, it puts the caregiver at risk. With adaptive clothing, PSW’s and caregivers can dress the patient from the back with ease. People struggle with narrow neck openings and arm holes to help their patients dress or pull the clothing/ tops down.
With adaptive clothing, the process becomes easier. For those with limited arm mobility or other health conditions, open back tops provide the ease of dressing. An adaptive top opens up completely at the back, and the top can be put on or slid on without having your senior or patient raise their arms.
Often caregivers will go back and forth when it comes to how often they change a patient or a loved one. With the heightened risk, especially for those with compromised immune systems, social distancing has been encouraged for the purposes of practicing maximum hygiene. But when caregivers must dress their seniors or patients, how can they do the needful while being cautious? Adaptive clothing provides the perfect solution by creating ease of dressing for quick and convenient changes.
Saves time and reduces pain in patients or seniors:
Adaptive clothing cuts the dressing time in half because of the open back capability and snap closures. The individual getting dressed can have their clothes put on without pain. Caregivers and PSW’s often witness how painful conventional dressing can be for the senior or their patient. When they have to raise their arms or twist to pull down a top or even to bend when pulling on their pants, dressing can become quiet a painful experience.
With adaptive clothing, caregivers can practice social distancing and hygiene while dressing their senior loved ones. The generous overlap of the adaptive top will leave the individual feeling dignified but comfortable.
Provides Need Based Solutions:
Adaptive clothing also provides efficient solutions for those with different health conditions. For example, easy dressing pants are designed for quick and easy changes for those with incontinence issues. They slip on with ease from a seated position. Your senior loved one doesn’t need to stand to get dressed and caregivers don’t have to struggle to dress their patient or their elderly family member.
Adaptive dressing options such as open back pants allow for quick and easy changes for those with incontinence issues.
Comfort and security:
For patients in hospitals or seniors in home care, adaptive hospital gowns can provide not just comfort but security as well. A soft and complete dignity coverage is the solution to revealing and uncomfortable hospital gowns. For seniors or patients with lowered immune system, adaptive gowns allow for easy dressing without having to deal with the traditional hospital gowns that are too rough for sensitive skin.
How Can Adaptive Tops and Hospital Gowns Be Put On?
- An adaptive top opens up completely at the back. This top can then be put on by inserting or sliding the arms through the arm holes and simply sliding the top on and around to the back.
- There are two sets of domed snaps that are on either shoulder. The domes are snapped into place and the top is on and secured. Snaps are placed on shoulders in order to reduce the risk of pressure points when an individual is sitting or lying down.
- There are two sets of domes which give the top a generous overlap to provide dignity for the wearer.
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