Dressing accessories to make getting dressed & undressed easier!

We all know that getting dressed and undressed can be hard especially for the elderly and those with limited mobility.  Therefore do take a look at our range of dressing accessories that we have for sale. The products featured below can help with either your independent or assisted dressing needs.

Elastic Shoelaces

Turns a lace-up shoe into a slip-on shoe.  Lace and tie your shoes in the normal way just once.  Shoes can then be slipped on and off easily without tying and untying.   Perfect for people with limited back mobility, decreased hip flexion or limited hand dexterity. Price £4.99 ex VAT

Dressing Stick

Combines both a dressing stick and shoe horn to help with getting dressed.  The hook end can be used to help put on pants, socks and other items of clothing or to reach clothes hangers up high.   Ideal for people whose reach, dexterity or ability to bend is limited due to arthritis or back/leg injuries.  Available in two lengths.  Price £7.00 ex VAT

Sock Aid

Terry towelling sock aid to help with pulling on socks and stockings. The inside is lined with nylon to reduce friction of the foot and heel to ensure the sock moves easily onto the foot.   The outside of the sock aid is lined with a terry cloth cover to hold the sock firmly in place until it is comfortably positioned correctly on the foot. Price £8.00 ex VAT

Button Hook/Zip Puller

This useful dressing aid helps with both fastening buttons and zips.   The wire buttoning aid pulls the buttons easily though the button hole while the hook at the other end easily pulls zips.  Perfect for people with arthritis or limited use of their fingers and hands. Price £5.75 ex VAT

 

Ablebelt

Looks like a normal smart leather belt but easier to fasten without the need to fiddle with difficult buckles using its patented Velcro design.  Perfect for customers who struggle with normal belts and suffer from arthritis, Parkinson or MS.  Price £30.00 inc VAT

Clip on Tie

Perfect for those who struggle tying their tie themselves. Look your best and save time and energy with our clip on tie. Available in 4 colours. Price £10.00 inc VAT

 

Please visit our website for other dressing aids available.

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com

Summer Nightwear

We have a huge range of nightwear available for the warm summer nights! Our nightwear for both men and women is very popular as most of our styles are adapted to make it easier to get dressed or undressed. Whether you’re looking for everyday nightwear, the latest trends, holiday essentials or the perfect look for a special occasion, our range of nightwear will have your covered!

Men’s Nightwear

Petal Back Open Back Nightshirt Short Sleeve

Soft, comfortable men’s short sleeve open back night shirt – substantial overlap at the back for dignity and opens for easy dressing. Choice of 4 colours. Price £25.00 ex VAT

Unisex Short sleeve Vest – Pyjamas – Body Suit with Side Zip

This unisex body can be worn as a vest or pyjamas and is designed for people who through illness or disability have specific clothing requirements.  It is ideal for those who have a tendency to disrobe inappropriately or when easy and quick access is required for toileting.  Price £35.00 ex VAT

Walker Reid Men’s Cotton Nightshirt

Stylish long sleeved 100% cotton front button through nightshirt.  42” length in blue checked in sizes Medium – XXX Large. Price: £18.00 inc VAT

 

Ladies Nightwear

Short Sleeve Cotton Rich Front Button Nightie

Pretty short sleeve cotton rich nightie with buttons all the way down the front.  Perfect for ladies who struggle to put nightwear over their heads.  All over ditsy flower print in sizes 10 – 30.  Price £20.00 inc VAT

Petal Back Open Back Nightie Short Sleeve

Pretty, open back short sleeve nightie – substantial overlap at the back for dignity and opens for easy dressing. Choice of 2 prints and sizes 8 – 22. Price £25.00 ex VAT

Cotton Short Sleeve Nightie 

SALE pretty 100% Cotton Short Sleeve V-neck nightdress. Available in White and Pink. Was £30.00 now £24.00!

 

Finally don’t forget our wide range of ladies and men’s bed jackets, bed socks and fleecy wraps to keep you warm when it gets a bit chiller at night.  Please see our website for our full range of nightwear.

Best Wishes

 

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com

New Carers: Tips and Advice

New to caring? Here’s some tips and advice for carers, from carers. You’re not alone – each day, 6,000 people start caring.

  1. “Recognise that you are a carer – even if you don’t like the word”

Recognise yourself as a carer, even if you don’t like the word and its connotations. Contact Carers UK and find your local carers organisation. Don’t feel like you’ve got to do it all alone – talk to people and get support.

  1. “Take things one step at a time”

For many of us caring is a whole new world. We go into it with no idea of how much information we will need to gather and absorb, Take things one step at a time.

  1. “Keep calm”

You might be dealing with a different condition or illness but there will still be many times when freaking out about it is not going to help. Keep calm and carry on as the saying goes.

  1. “Be kind to yourself – it’s ok to have a bad day”

Try to have a bit of me time. Find your local carers centre and find out all the support that is available to you. It’s ok to ask for support and it’s ok to have a bad day.

  1. Above all, remember you’re doing the best you can, sometimes with no support.

Don’t forget how strong you are or how many memories and fun days you’re creating with your family. You will get through it.

  1. Prioritise!

Sometimes the caring role can take over and we forget the relationship we have. Forget about the house looking untidy or a few dishes in the sink, and have a least a few minutes of enjoyment – even if it’s just sitting together with a cup of tea as husband and wife, not as carer and ill person.

  1. And it’s ok as a carer to put yourself first sometimes.

It makes a change to chat to someone different, and everyone needs a break from caring at some point.

Join the Carers UK community of carers who understand just what it means to care, visit the Carers UK online forum.

If you are a new carer and need some advice and help with dressing then do take a look at our www.adaptawear.com website.  We sell a range of men’s and ladies daywear and nightwear to help getting dressed easier and less painful for both the wearer and carer.  Our adaptive clothing are ideal for arthritis, stroke, Parkinson, incontinence and dementia sufferers as well as people of all ages who struggle with buttons and zips.

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com

Best-Selling Petal Back Open Back Adapted Nightwear

At Adaptawear we are specialists in adapted nightwear. Our range of Adapted Nightwear offers many benefits for people with physical or cognitive problems and is designed for people that suffer with restricted mobility, are bedridden, disabled or require palliative care.  Some features of our adaptive nightwear include open back and rear-closure ability to facilitate dressing by caregivers and incorporating extra room to accommodate medical devices and undergarments.

Petal Back Open Back Nightwear

Our Petal Back nightwear is a unique range of open back clothing, which is dignified, comfortable and attractive and allows for ease of dressing for the wearer and nurse/carer, thus reducing stress and pain for all concerned.  The unique Petal Back design with generous shoulder to shoulder overlaps and slides up the arms then over the head and folds at the back for complete dignity.  It provides nightwear for ladies and gentlemen without using buttons, studs or fastenings.

Petal Back Open Back Nightie

Pretty, open back nightie with substantial overlap at the back for dignity and opens for easy dressing.

Choice of 2 colours (pink or blue) in either short or long sleeve in sizes 8 – 22.

Price: £25.00 ex VAT

Petal Back Open Back Nightshirt

Soft, comfortable men’s open back night shirt with substantial overlap at the back for dignity and opens for easy dressing.

Choice of 4 colours (navy, light blue, petrol or red) in either short or long sleeve in sizes Small – X Large.

Price: £25.00 ex VAT

Do take a look at our full range of Petal Back Open Back Clothing including daywear and underwear:

  • Petal Back Ladies Blouses, Polo Shirts & Dresses – new colours available!
  • Petal Back Men’s Polo Shirts – new stock available!
  • Petal Back Unisex Vests

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com

SUMMER SALE:  SAVE 50% ON LADIES SKIRTS!

Ladies Skirts SALE:  We all like a bargain so don’t miss out on these pretty ladies elasticated waist skirts which are currently 50% OFF and are available for only £5!

Find your perfect look here, all specially designed to make dressing easier.

Elasticated Waist Straight Skirt – available in short and long length

Simply pull down over the head to dress from a seated position or step into it and pull up. Either way, dressing will be quicker and easier.  Choice of colours and sizes from 8 – 30. Price £5.00 inc VAT

BESTSELLER:  Ladies A Line Skirt with Side Zips

We also stock some Ladies A-Line Skirts with Side Zips that are proving very popular. This classical A-line skirt is designed to flatter. It’s elasticated waist and discreet side zips with easy pull tags make independent and assisted dressing quick and easier. It opens wide to 55” / 140 cm so can be put over the head or there is plenty of room to step into.  Price £14.99 ex VAT

Please visit our website for all our other styles and offers and maybe team your new skirt with a ladies top or blouse.

Best wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com

Accessible Holidays for Elderly & Disabled

People with a physical or mental disability can find overseas travel challenging. It is your responsibility to make sure that the carrier and holiday provider is given all the relevant details of your requirements at all stages of the journey. So think about what kind of facilities or support you will need.

Also, don’t forget to treat yourself with some new clothes when going on holiday this summer – it’s always nice to have a few new outfits to make you feel all the more special.  Our Adaptawear range includes discreetly adapted clothing for both men and women to help make independent and assisted dressing easier.

Below is a list of specialist travel companies for those with limited mobility or accessibility requirement.

Enable Holidays

Enable Holidays is a specialist operator in limited mobility holidays. It audits the accessibility and grading the suitability of accommodation in the UK and abroad for people with mobility impairments.  In addition to providing holidays for disabled travellers, Enable also caters for the senior holiday market, slow walkers and people looking for an easier way to get around and enjoy their holiday.

Limitless Travel

Limitless Travel provides tours and packages for people with disabilities, and its run by people with disabilities, which means they really understand your requirements as a traveller. You can ask their specialist advisors to plan and book your holiday, tailor made to meet your needs and personal tastes: be it a romantic break in Paris or a group getaway in Spain.  Luxury coach trips to Scotland and Devon are on offer too, with fully accessible, luxury coaches and carers on hand to assist you too.

Richmond Retreats

Richmond Retreats have award winning retirement holiday sites in the Cotswolds and surrounding areas. Carers are on site 24/7. Reviews are excellent and well worth a read. Available activities are numerous catering for various degrees of disability including Spa treatments. An excellent choice for the elderly who have specialist needs.

Warner Leisure Hotels

Warner Leisure Hotels are well known for their short break holidays mainly in mansion style accommodation.  They do not offer care assistance but they have a number of rooms for disabled persons. Warners are well known for their live nightly live entertainment, high standard of food on a half board basis and offering a range of spa and leisure facilities.

Shearings

Shearings offer a range of escorted coach tours and breaks, and have a special helpdesk for guests with mobility restrictions or other impairments. Read more or call 01942 496 507.

The Holiday Homes Trust

The Holiday Homes Trust, is a registered national charity, which provides very reasonably priced self-catering holiday accommodation for any family whose quality of life is diminished by disability or infirmity. The holiday is for a whole family or group in which one or more persons suffer from a disability. The accommodation is mainly in suitable caravans and a smaller number of chalets.

Advantage Healthcare Group

Advantage Healthcare provides a Nurse, Healthcare Assistant or Support Worker to accompany you on holiday in the UK, to support you with your activities of daily living. See this article Advantage Care at Home.

Access Travel

Access Travel specialises in holidays for wheelchair bound and other disabled persons.

Disability Holidays Guide

Disability Holidays Guide serves as a guide to international holidays for those with disabilities.

Vision Hotels

Vision Hotels has hotels which cater principally for guests with vision impairment. However, the overall ethos of the hotels is advertised as one of caring and accessibility for all.

Disabled Holiday Information

Disabled Holiday Information is a charity which caters for the arrangement of holidays in hotels/bed and breakfast/self-catering nationwide for those with disabilities. It is largely run by those who themselves have disabilities.

Can Do Holidays

Can Do Holidays assists those with disabilities to find suitably adapted accommodation to meet their particular requirements.

Please visit our Adaptawear website if you would like to stock up on adapted clothing products before you leave to go away on holiday this summer. We have everything you need from summer ladies blouses, ladies dresses, men’s trousers to summer nightwear.

Best wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com

Summer Pastimes for the Elderly

Enjoying a summer day out or the warm summer temperatures doesn’t have to be a distant memory for elders and caregivers.  Finding an interesting activity that is suitable for a senior’s abilities is well worth switching up the routine and getting out of the house.

Ideas for Outdoor Activities

When selecting an activity to do with your loved one, focus on hobbies and interests that they used to enjoy and get creative with new options they might find fun and rewarding.

  1. Catch a sporting event. Attending a grandchild’s football game can be an action-packed way for your loved one to reconnect with one of their favourite pastimes.
  2. Fish for fun. You can cast a rod from a dock, pier, or other location, even if someone has mobility problems or uses a wheelchair. Check your council’s websites to see if they provide listings of accessible fishing locations. Many areas across the country have also started offering all-terrain wheelchairs for check out or rental that can help a loved one with mobility issues get closer to the water.
  3. Be a tourist. If you live in a city, take an open-air bus or trolley tour to see the local sights. Another option could be a boat tour, depending on what type of equipment elder needs to take with them. A Sunday drive around town can also allow a senior to check out happenings in the community that interest them.
  4. Picnic outdoors. Picnics are another flexible activity that you can plan at a park, in your own backyard, or on the surrounding grounds of a long-term care facility. At the park, seniors can watch children run around and enjoy the buzz of outdoor activity. Make sure to locate an area with comfortable seating and plenty of shade in advance, or remember to bring your own.
  5. Attend community events. From concerts to community festivals, there are plenty of local events during the summer that offer opportunities for elders to get out and be part of the crowd. Many communities offer outdoor musical performances, art shows, car shows, and more. Check the events section of the local newspaper to find happenings that fit your loved one’s interests and abilities.

Visit our website for adapted clothing products that will help keep you comfortable and cool when out and about this summer.  We have men’s and women’s clothing, including shirts, blouses, trousers and skirts.

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com

Summer Safety Tips for the Elderly

With the summer months upon us, it’s critical for everyone, and especially vulnerable people like the elderly, to stay hydrated and keep cool. As we age, we should be more aware of the potential health risks that are uniquely associated with both our age and the changing seasons.

10 Summer Health Tips For Elderly

  1. Drink plenty of liquids. Drink eight or more 8-ounce glasses per day of water and/or fruit juices every day to stay hydrated.
  2. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. Alcohol, caffeine, coffee and even tea can leave you dehydrated quickly. If at all possible, try to reduce the amount of these beverages, especially during hot weather. Plain or flavoured water is a good substitute.
  3. Dress appropriately. Wear loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics like cotton. Dress in light colours that will reflect the sun and heat instead of darker colours that will attract them.
  4. Sunblock. When outdoors, protect your skin from damage by wearing hats, sunglasses and a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.
  5. Stay indoors during extreme heat. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.
  6. Air conditioning. If you do not have air conditioning in your home, go somewhere that does. A cinema, shopping centre or a friend or relative’s home or a community senior centre are all good options.
  7. Avoid extreme outdoor heat. If you need to get out of the house and don’t drive, call a taxi or a friend. Do NOT wait outside for the bus in extreme heat.
  8. Take a cool shower or bath. If you are absolutely unable to leave the house and do not have air conditioning, take a cool bath or shower to lower your body temperature on extremely hot days.

At Adaptawear we have a wide range of adapted clothing summer wear available including a few below:

Petal Back Ladies Polo Shirt Short Sleeve

Stylish open back ladies short sleeve polo shirt. Polyester jersey knit fabric in choice of 4 colours. Price £30.00 ex VAT

Petal Back Men’s Polo Short Sleeve Shirt

Smart casual short sleeve men’s open back polo shirt – full overlap at back and deep armholes for easy dressing. Choice of 4 colours. Price £30.00 ex VAT

Elasticated Waist Straight Skirt

Simply pull down over the head to dress from a seated position or step into it and pull up. Either way, dressing will be quicker and easier. Price £10.00 inc VAT

Slenderella Front Button Pure Cotton Round Neck Nightie

Pretty round neck front button pure cotton nightie with lace trim.  42” length in short sleeve.  Sizes Small – XX Large in pink or blue. Price: £24.00 inc VAT

Men’s Elasticated Waist Poly-cotton Pull-On Trousers

Smart, casual lightweight all elastic pull on poly-cotton trousers in stone. Price £34.99 inc VAT

 

Please visit our Adaptawear website for our full range of adapted clothing suitable for the hot weather.

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com

This Summer Try Wheelchair Tennis

Wheelchair tennis is a technical and tactical sport, very similar to its Olympic counterpart. It is also very popular as wheelchair tennis is now played by athletes in more than 100 countries.

Rules:

  • Wheelchair tennis at the Paralympic Games follows International Tennis Federation Rules of tennis, with a few important differences.
  • The most significant difference is the ‘two-bounce rule’, which means a player can allow the ball to bounce twice and must return it before a third bounce. The second bounce can be inside or outside the court boundaries.
  • At the serve, the server must be in a stationary position before serving the ball, but is allowed one push of the wheelchair before striking the ball.
  • Matches are the best of three sets, with a tie-break settling each set as required.

Anyone can come and have a go at wheelchair tennis, as well as other disability tennis at the free ‘Come and Try’ session at the tennis foundation.  To reserve places contact Matt Elkington at matthew.elkington@tennisfoundation.org.uk

At Adaptawear we have some adapted clothing suitable for wheelchair tennis and sport see below:

Petal Back Men’s Polo Sleeve Shirt

Smart casual short sleeve men’s open back polo shirt – full overlap at back and deep armholes for easy dressing. Choice of 4 colours. Price £30.00 ex VAT

Tracksuit Pants with side zips

NEW soft unisex tracksuit pants with side zips all the way down both legs. Navy in sizes Small – XX Large. Price £30.00 ex VAT

Ladies Back Opening Tracksuit Top

Comfortable and warm back opening tracksuit top with discreet poppers. Blue or Pink. Matching tracksuit bottoms available. Price: £14.50 ex VAT

Ladies Side Opening Tracksuit Bottoms

Comfortable and warm side opening elasticated waist tracksuit bottoms. Blue or Pink. Matching tracksuit tops available. Price: £14.50 ex VAT

Please see our Adaptawear website for our full range of clothing that we have available.

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com

Adapted Clothing For World Continence Week!

This week is World Continence Week (WCW) and at Adaptawear we are continence week 1supporting WCW to raise awareness for the campaign for healthy continence and also to promote our range of adapted clothing suitable for incontinence sufferers.

WCS is an annual initiative with the primary aim to raise awareness about incontinence related issues and to give sufferers the confidence to seek help and improve their quality of life.   Remember if you suffer from incontinence you are not alone as it is estimated that there is between 3 and 6 million people in the UK who suffer with some degree of incontinence and as many as 1 in 3 of us will have continence problems at some point in our lives.

Clothing for Incontinence Sufferers

Adaptawear have been supporting incontinence sufferers for many years and we have a range of ladies and men’s discreetly adapted clothing which help to aid the toileting process by making dressing and undressing easier.

Some of our best-selling clothing for incontinence sufferers and carers are:

  • Our open-back nightwear are extremely popular with carers as it makes continence week2toileting easier and is more dignified for the wearer.
  • Our open back trousers help those who are immobile or wheelchair bound whilst maintaining their dignity at all times.  They have a loose fit that is ideal for drainage bags as well as for better comfort.
  • Our range of ladies dress and skirts with side zips and easy fastenings to help fast undressing.cw
  • Our range of incontinence swimwear to help specifically with bowel incontinence. Perfect for this hot weather we are having!

Also don’t forget the NEW adapted unisex CareZips Incontinence Dignity Trousers that we have recently added to our range.  These unique trousers allow frontal opening from entire waist to both knees causing a faster and easier change of incontinence briefs for the continence week 3carers while providing the patient more dignity, more comfort and confidence.  No need to undress or pull the trousers down.

Perfect for everyday wear – versatile in use – for going out, staying at home, relaxing in bed or armchair.

Please visit our website for other adapted clothing products that we have available.

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com