Seniors in assisted living situations who have encountered difficulties dressing should consider adaptive clothing. Adaptive clothing makes dressing and changing easier and safer for both care giver and the seniors they care caring for. Most adaptive clothing look very much like regular clothing, however, upon closer inspection, one will notice special features such as snaps. The placement of these snaps are are deliberate, and are mindful of seniors with limited range of motion.
Special needs clothing, or adaptive clothing is designed to help the elderly and their care givers and was initially designed in nursing homes. Adaptive clothing for seniors makes use of snaps, zippers and Velcro® in back, side and shoulder openings. This type of apparel comes in many varieties and are tailored to many situations, such as wheel chair bound seniors, shoes for diabetics, and simple dressing solutions for Alzheimer’s patients.