Monthly Archives: July 2015

Incontinence Facts

Urinary IncontinenceUrinary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine. It’s not clear exactly how many people are affected, but it’s estimated that between 3 and 6 million people in the UK may have some degree of urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence affects both men and women, but it tends to be more common in women overall.

There are four main types of incontinence:

  • Urge incontinence due to an overactive bladder

Overactive bladder (OAB), also known as overactive bladder syndrome, is a condition where there is a frequent feeling of needing to urinate to a degree that it negatively affects a person’s life.  The frequent need to pee may occur during the day, at night, or both.  If there is loss of bladder control then it is known as urge incontinence.

  • Stress incontinence due to poor closure of the bladder

Stress Incontinence is the loss of small amounts of urine associated with coughing, laughing, sneezing, exercising or other movements that increase intra-abdominal pressure and thus increase pressure on the bladder. The urethra is supported by fascia of the pelvic floor. If this support is insufficient, the urethra can move downward at times of increased abdominal pressure, allowing urine to pass.

  • Overflow incontinence due to either poor bladder contraction or blockage of the urethra

Overflow incontinence is a form of urinary incontinence, characterized by the involuntary release of urine from an overly full urinary bladder, often in the absence of any urge to urinate. This condition occurs in people who have a blockage of the bladder outlet (benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostate cancer, or narrowing of the urethra), or when the muscle that expels urine from the bladder is too weak to empty the bladder normally. Overflow incontinence may also be a side effect of certain medications.

  • Functional incontinence due to medications or health problems making it difficult to reach the bathroom

Functional incontinence is a form of urinary incontinence in which a person is usually aware of the need to urinate, but for one or more physical or mental reasons they are unable to get to a bathroom. The loss of urine can vary, from small leakages to full emptying of the bladder.

There are a number of causes of functional incontinence. These include confusion, dementia, poor eyesight, impaired mobility or dexterity or unwillingness to use the toilet due to depression or anxiety. Functional incontinence is more common in elderly people as many of the causes are associated with conditions that affect people as they age. For example a person with Alzheimer’s disease may not plan well enough to reach a bathroom in time or may not remember how to get to the bathroom.

Incontinence Swimwear

It’s summer and time to get out and about and have a swim! Adaptawear stock a range of SAaswimwear dedicated to handling incontinence.   Do take a look at our men’s, ladies and unisex range of incontinence swimwear for adults and teens designed to protect from both urine and faecal incontinence.

For more information on incontinence please visit our sister company’s website Incontinence UK which stocks a wide range of incontinence products or read our latest factsheet on all things to do with incontinence.

Best wishes

Adaptawear Team

Facts on Diabetes

diaAdaptawear are long-time supporters of Diabetes UK and to show further support we just wanted to share some facts about this condition. Diabetes is a long-term condition that affects the body’s ability to process sugar or glucose. However, with careful management, people with diabetes can continue to lead full, healthy and active lives. The full medical name for diabetes is Diabetes Mellitus.

There are 2 main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2 diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes is sometimes called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes
  • Type 1 diabetes is managed using insulin injections or an insulin pump
  • 90% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes used to be called non-insulin dependent diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes is managed by diet, exercise and sometimes medication and insulin

Diabetes in the UK

  • More than 3 million people in the UK are diagnosed with diabetes and approximately 630,000 people in the UK have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes
  • In the UK, most diabetes patients receive treatment on the National Health Service (NHS)

Diabetes Worldwide

  • Diabetes affects around 370 million adults worldwide
  • The global diabetes rate is expected to grow to 552 million by 2030, or 9.9% of the adult population
  • Diabetes is rapidly increasing in low and middle income countries
  • China has the largest diabetes population, with 90 million diabetes sufferers, followed by India (61.3m) and the USA (23.7m)
  • Africa is projected to see the largest growth in diabetes prevalence between now and 2030, with rates forecast to rise from 14.7 million to 28 million (90% increase)

If you know anybody or you yourself would like information on services near where you are, visit NHS Choices where you can input your postcode into the search box and a list of services near you are will show.

Diabetic Socks

Adaptawear have a range of diabetic socks which have a non-binding and non-elasticated 2011-cotton-half-plush-black-bigsock and are designed to not constrict the foot or leg and to promote healthy feet. Typically sufferers of diabetes are the most common users of this type of sock. Diabetes raises the blood sugar level, which can increase the risk of foot ulcers. Choose from a regular fit or extra wide socks for all day comfort.

For more information please visit the or read our latest factsheet on all things to do with diabetes.

Best wishes

Adaptawear Team

Facts On Arthritis

ArNearly 53 million adults in the world and over 10 million in the UK have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. That’s 1 in 5 people over age 18.

You may think Arthritis is just to do with bones but it is musculoskeletal. There are about 200 different musculoskeletal conditions, which fall into five main groups:

  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Degenerative or mechanical arthritis
  • Soft tissue musculoskeletal pain
  • Back pain
  • Connective tissue diseases (CTD)

Inflammatory arthritis

Inflammation is part of your body’s healing process. It normally occurs as a defence against viruses and bacteria or as a reaction to an injury. In people with inflammatory arthritis the inflammation often occurs for no obvious reason. Instead of helping to repair the body, inflammation causes the tissues in and around the affected joints to become damaged, causing pain, stiffness and swelling.

Degenerative or mechanical arthritis

Degenerative or mechanical arthritis is a group of conditions where the main problem is damage to the cartilage which covers the ends of the bones. Normally the smooth, slippery cartilage helps the joint to move smoothly. In this type of arthritis the cartilage becomes thinner and rougher. The bone underneath then tries to repair this damage but sometimes overgrows, altering the shape of the joint. This is commonly called osteoarthritis.

Soft tissue musculoskeletal pain

Soft tissue musculoskeletal pain is pain felt in tissues other than your bones and joints. Typically it’ll come from the muscles or soft tissues supporting the joints, including the bursa. This type of pain often affects one particular part of your body following an injury or overuse, for example tennis elbow.

Back pain

Back pain is a very common problem that has a number of different causes. Pain can arise from the muscles, discs, ligaments, bones or joints. It may even be caused by problems with other organs inside the body. Sometimes there is a specific cause such as osteoarthritis (often referred to as spondylosis when it occurs in the spine). Sometimes back pain may be caused by a ‘slipped’ disc (the disc itself doesn’t really slip; the central part of the disc bulges through the outer ring) but this more commonly causes pain in a limb.

Connective tissue diseases (CTD)

Connective tissues are tissues that support, bind together or separate other body tissues and organs. They include tendons, ligaments and cartilage. Joints are usually involved in CTD, but there may also be inflammation in other tissues such as your skin, muscles, lungs and kidneys. You may therefore feel a range of other symptoms besides painful joints.

How can Adaptawear help?

The Adaptawear range of functional clothing minimises the amount of effort required to get dressed independently or with assistance.

Our Trouble-free Trousers, for example, have side zip openings that extend all the way past the hips on both sides.  This permits the wearer to slide into the trousers with minimal effort.

Our Fasten-Free Shirts and Blouses have discreet Velcro style fastenings so you don’t need to close tiny fiddley buttons.

The Eezee Fasten Bra

EEzee Fasten braThe Eezee front closure bra is designed to slip on and off with ease. This bra is your answer with only three large flat hooks. An Easy Touch tab in front of each hook guides the hook into its closure. This front fastening bra is ideal for ladies with limited hand and arm mobility and perfect for arthritis sufferers.

Visit our Ladies and Menswear sections for further information on our adapted clothing.

For more information please visit the or read our latest factsheet on all things to do with arthritis.

Best wishes

Adaptawear Team

Summer Clothing Favourites

summerWe have all definitely been plastered by the sun’s beautiful rays these past few weeks so we could do with wearing something nice and lightweight to help us keep cool this summer and look stylish.  We have therefore put together a list of some our best deals on this summer’s discreetly adapted clothing!

richmond_short_sleeve_dressFor the ladies we have a range of tops/blouses, skirts and dresses in short sleeve and lightweight styles.  Our Richmond Short Sleeve Wrap Over Dress is not only stylish but open to the waist at the front giving plenty of room to put on and off; while the Sleeveless Open Back Blouse has an open back function that allows a carer to dress another with ease.

ND01231 Pink (350 x 500)Not forgetting how hard it is to sleep at night when the temperature is still hot.   We recommend pure cotton nightwear as cotton is a great material for summer as it is breathable and keeps the moisture away from the body, keeping you nice and cool.   Take a look at our Cotton V Neck Short Sleeve Nightie and our NEW Slenderella Front Button Cotton Short Sleeve Nightie.

PETAL BACK POLO navyFor the men we have the Petal Back Short Sleeve Polo Shirt – a great everyday summer style.  Available in a choice of navy, maroon, light blue and petrol these polo shirts have a full overlap from shoulder to shoulder that easily slides up the arm and over the head; making it easier to put on and off.

men_polycotton_trousers1 (350 x 500)Also the men’s elasticated waist polycotton trousers are great for summer – ideal for offering a smart casual look similar to chinos without the need to wear tracksuit bottoms.  They also incorporate a draw-string elasticated waistband to ensure a comfortable fit.

Kes_Vir_Ladies_swimsuitAlternatively if you are heading off to the seaside this summer and worried about having a slight continence mishap then do take a look at our range of ladies and men’s swimwear – discreetly adapted to help with any incontinence leaks.

Best wishes

Adaptawear Customer Services

Facts About Alzheimer’s & Dementia

CaptureAlzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia with over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today (estimated to be over 1 million by 2025), but with your help we can fight back.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition, which means the symptoms develop gradually and become more severe over time.

The first signs of Alzheimer’s disease are usually minor memory problems. For example, this could be forgetting about recent conversations or events, and forgetting the names of places and objects.

As the condition develops, memory problems become more severe and further symptoms can develop, such as:

  • confusion and disorientation
  • personality changes, such as becoming aggressive, demanding and suspicious of others
  • hallucinations (seeing things that are not there) and delusions (believing things that are untrue)
  • problems with language and speech
  • problems moving around without assistance

Alzheimer’s is more common in people over the age of 65, and affects slightly more women than men. The risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia increases with age, affecting an estimated one in every six people over the age of 80.

As the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease progress slowly, it can be difficult to recognise there is a problem. Many people feel that memory problems are simply a part of getting older.  An early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease gives you the best chance to prepare and plan for the future, as well as receive any treatment that may help.

You may not know what to think if you’ve been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. You may be furious that you have to deal with this, scared about what the future will bring, uncertain about how your memory will change- or all of these emotions at once.

These feelings are all normal:

  • Give yourself some time to adjust. As with any major change in life, don’t expect that you will smoothly snap into this new transition. You may feel alright for a while, and then suddenly feel stressed and overwhelmed again. Take time to adjust to this new transition.
  • Reach out for support. Living with Alzheimer’s is not easy, but there is help in this journey. The more you reach out to others and get support, the more you will be able to cope with Alzheimer’s symptoms while continuing to enrich and find meaning in your life.
  • Make your wishes known. While it’s not easy to think about, getting your finances in order and figuring out how you want your healthcare handled gives you power over your future. Talk with your family and loved ones and let them know what is important to you. Who do you trust to make decisions for you when you are no longer able to do so?

For more information please visit the or read our latest factsheet on all things to do with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

If you or a friend/family member is suffering from dementia; Adaptawear can help.   We know that living with Alzheimer’s, it can be difficult for individuals to get dressed by themselves, as well as being difficult for carers to dress a person with the condition.  As dementia progresses, people increasingly need more help with everyday activities, including dressing.  It is important to enable a person with dementia to make their own choices for as long as they can and if they do need assistance to offer it tactfully and sensitively.ob

Adaptawear’s range of adaptive and open backed clothing is ideal for men and women who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia.  This means that dresses, nightwear, trousers, tops and shirts can be drawn through the arms and fastened easily at the back by carers. The fastenings are so discreet that no one will notice and the dignity of the wearer is maintained at all times.

Best wishes

Adaptawear Team