Adaptive clothing refers to clothing
designed for people with physical disabilities,
the elderly, and the infirm who may experience
difficulty dressing themselves due to an
inability to manipulate closures, such as
buttons and zippers, or due to a lack of
a full range of motion required for self-dressing.
Adaptive clothing typically offers rear-closure
designs so that an indivdual can be dressed
more easily by a caretaker. Rather than
buttons and zippers, velcro is a more often
used for garment closures.
Adaptive clothing often addresses such problems
as edema, incontinence and inappropriate
behavior issues associated with Alzheimer's
disease. Different styles of adaptive clothing
are best suited to an individual with disabilities
based on the nature of the wear's ailment.
For example, a person who is unable to lift
his arms above shoulder level would need
a different clothing solution than a person
suffering from incontinence.
Dementia associated with Alzheimer's
disease often causes patients to disrobe
at inappropriate times. Adaptive clothing
for Alzheimer's patients usually features
rear closures for the purpose of making
it difficult to remove articles of clothing
without the assistance of a care giver.
Edema is a swelling of the feet and legs,
which can lead to difficulty and discomfort
when wearing conventional footwear. Adaptive
shoes are loose fitting, adjustable in size,
and offer non-restrictive
Individuals suffering from incontinence
require clothing that can withstand rigorous
and repeated washing. Shoes for incontinent
individuals are designed to be washable
and to not readily absorb moisture.
Stroke frequently causes varying degrees
of paralysis, leading to an inability to
operate buttons and zippers. Adaptive clothing
for stroke patients will use velcro, as
it can be manipulated more easily with one