Monthly Archives: June 2015

Scientists in British universities to develop ‘smart trousers’ to aid mobility

_81496437_p026pbyx-1Earlier this year it was announced that a team of scientists in seven universities across the UK are looking to develop a pair of ‘smart trousers’ with artificial muscles to help the elderly and disabled move around. The team are working on “smart” trousers and socks which could help vulnerable people avoid falls and climb stairs and to move easily and unaided.

Dr Jonathan Rossiter, from the university’s department of engineering mathematics, who is leading the £2m project, said: “This is the first time soft robotics technologies have been used to address the many rehabilitation and healthcare needs in one single type of wearable device.

The soft clothes will use bionics, reactive polymers and artificial “muscles” to help the user. The researchers hope the clothes will alleviate problems caused by existing devices, such as poor circulation and damaged skin, and will reduce healthcare costs.

The smart trousers are designed to employ artificial muscles made from reactive polymers capable of exerting force. The idea is that they’ll work with the body’s own muscles to give added strength for vulnerable people to move between sitting and standing positions, for example, or help them climb stairs.

Dr Rossiter ended saying: “This is the first time soft robotics technologies have been used to address the many rehabilitation and healthcare needs in one single type of wearable device.” He added: “Wearable soft robotics has the potential to improve many of these problems and reduce healthcare costs at the same time.

Adaptawear believes this could be an interesting development and certainly one to watch!   When we have more information we will of course share.

Best wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com

Last Chance for Father’s Day Gifts!

Fathers DayHere’s to Surprising Your Dad this Sunday for Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is fast approaching this Sunday 21st June.  Beat the last minute rush and show your Dad or Grandpa how much you care by shopping in our Father’s Day Gift Shop today!

Our top clothing gift ideas include everything from men’s fleecy bedmen_drop_front_trousers  jackets and nightwear to smart magnetic front fastening shirts and elasticated waist trousers.  Gifts start from as little as £6.50 so you are sure to find the perfect gift for him!

With only a few days to go you can order online or via phone.  Last order date for delivery Father’s Day is Thursday 18th June!

Why not add that extra touch by using our Gift Wrap Service. You can add your own personal message on the gift card. Plus this great service will take away the hassle of posting your gift yourself. So shop today!

Best wishes

Adaptawear Customer Services

www.adaptawear.com

Happy Father’s Day Dad! Sunday 21st June 2015

Fathers DayFather’s Day will be celebrated on 21 June 2015 in the UK, as well as a host of other countries around the world. Father’s Day is the chance for dads to enjoy the limelight with a day dedicated to showering them with gifts, cards or taking them for a memorable day out.

A pint of beer or a pair of socks is the easy way out; why not say it like you mean it this Father’s Day? Whether your main man is chilled-out, or a fashionable father, there are plenty of gifts on our website to make your dad feel like a hero.

Whether you want to blow the budget or you’re looking for cheap gift ideas, we’ve got all the bases covered.  Some of our top Father’s Day Gift Ideas include:home-men_shirt_front

  • Give your dad that pat on the back for all the hard work! Our smart, classic looking Men’s Magnetic Shirt incorporates special hidden magnets along the front panel that fasten effortlessly and removes the need to struggle with buttons. Perfect for arthritis sufferers!

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  • Or the Able BeltThe Ablebelt looks like a normal leather belt but is easier to fasten without the need to fiddle with difficult fastenings using its patented Velcro design.

 

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Finally why not add that extra touch by using our Gift Wrap Service. You can add your own personal message on the gift card. Plus this great service will take away the hassle of posting your gift yourself.

Happy Shopping!

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com

This week Adaptawear are celebrating Carers Week!

Careers WeekCarers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. Up and down the UK there are 6.5 million people caring unpaid for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. These people are called carers but they would probably say that they are just being a husband, a wife, a mum, a dad, a son, a daughter, a friend or a good neighbour.

Caring is something that will affect each and every one of us. The statistics show three out of five of us will become carers at some point in our lives.

This year the focus is on building carer friendly communities. Communities that support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own. When a community is carer friendly, every corner – from the hospital, workplace, primary school, to leisure services and beyond – will be geared towards addressing the needs of carers.

There are many ways to get involved in Carers Week. You could:

So far nearly 2,000 organisations, groups and individuals have signed up to take part in Carers Week, including local authorities, carers groups, NHS trusts, charities, GP practices, individuals and more. Thousands of events and activities will be taking place throughout the UK between Monday 8 and Sunday 14 June for Carers Week to recognise, support and celebrate carers. Click Here to find an event near you.

Adaptawear’s range of adaptive clothing is suitable for both individuals and carers.  Our comfort clothing has been designed to help independent living and assisted dressing with the aim to make getting dressed easier and less painful. 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.

front_back_blouse_modern_floral_splitFor people in care dressing is made less intrusive and more dignified for people who are in pain or do not easily accept assistance. Our back opening clothes can be slipped onto people reducing the need for hoists and lifting to dress. We also understand that incontinence is a reality for many people so our open back clothes provide direct and hygienic access to incontinence pads, while our side zip trousers and skirts are easy to zip off in a rush.  Do take a look at our range of ladies and men daywear and nightwear clothes at www.adaptawear.com.

Best wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com

 

 

Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Month!

Motor Nurone DiseaseIt’s June and Motor Neurone Disease Association is holding a special month of awareness.   Adaptawear are supporters of this charity here in the UK and the Motor Neurone Disease Association and would like us to help raise awareness of this terrible disease.

MND is a life-changing illness and help is available for everyone, whether you are living with MND or close to someone who has been diagnosed. The association says that between 80 and 95 per cent of people with MND will experience communication problems and with that in mind is working hard to ensure they all have their voices heard. The association says that people with MND find it hard to explain the condition to people, including healthcare professionals.

People with MND say that spreading the word can be a powerful way to keep their voice, when their own might be getting fainter.

Facts about MND are:

  • MND is a fatal, rapidly progressive disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.
  • MND affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time.
  • Half of people with MND will die within 14 months of diagnoses.
  • There is no cure.
  • For more information go to: mndassociation.org

There are lots of ways to get involved during the month including helping to raise money to support people suffering from this condition. You can simply donate, become a member of the group to show your support, or you can take part in fundraising events.

Adaptawear would like to make sure that the journey through Motor Neurone Disease is as comfortable as possible so we have special offers on adapted clothing this month including:

Click here for more information of our June adapted clothing offers.

Best wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com