Monthly Archives: May 2016

Stroke Awareness Month

stroke2Show your support this month for stroke survivors in conjunction with the Stroke AssociationMake May Purple is the Stroke Association’s annual stroke awareness month, which takes place every May #StrokeMonth

Recognising a Stroke by Signs and Symptoms

Because the medical management of stroke will vary depending upon the length of time symptoms have been present, and as this will affect prognosis, a prompt recognition of stroke is extremely important.

Keep in mind that stroke symptoms usually come on quite suddenly. They may get worse over time, but they start all of a sudden. (You don’t start to feel worse over the course of a day). You may be sitting at a table and suddenly be unable to hold your coffee cup or get your words out correctly. Signs and symptoms of stroke include sudden onset of weakness on one side, slurred speech or the inability to make your words come out right. A sudden change in the way you walk because one leg is not “acting right” can be a sign of stroke. Some patients notice changes in their ability to see. Loss of balance is another common sign of stroke. Patients who have bleeding around their brain may complain that “they have the worst headache of their life”.

A useful acronym to recognize and respond to stroke is FAST:

  • Face – drooping of one side of the face. Ask the person to smile and note if it is uneven.
  • Arms – weakness or numbness in one arm. Ask the person to lift both arms. Does one arm drift downward or is the person unable to lift one arm?
  • Speech – difficulty in speech. Is the speech slurred? Ask the person to repeat a phrase and note any changes in speech.
  • Time – if any of these symptoms are present, it’s time to call 911 immediately.

I’m Having A Stroke! What Should I Do?

It is imperative that you get help and get to a hospital AS SOON AS POSSIBLE following the onset of symptoms of stroke. Treatment for stroke is very time dependent. A clot-busting medication can be given to clear the clot from the vessel, but only if you are at the hospital within 3 hours (4.5 hours for some patients) of onset of symptoms. Call 999 IMMEDIATELY. Do not wait for family members to arrive, do not wait while you pack clothing for the hospital or wait for your family to return a call. The amount of damage done by the stroke is subject to how long the blood vessel remains blocked. Keep in mind that TIME IS BRAIN. For every minute you delay getting care, more brain tissue is being damaged.

Life After A Stroke

A stroke changes lives but it doesn’t have to stop you from doing what you want to. Find out strokefrom the Stroke Association about the support you can get to help you get on with your life after a stroke.

Why don’t you try one of the three ‘purple’ ideas to show your support for Stroke Month and raise money to conquer stroke?  Check out these simple ways to wear, bake or plant May Purple.

Finally Adaptawear would like to make your recovery from stroke as easy as possible and we stock a wide range of discreetly adapted clothing specifically catered to recovering stroke patients.  Alternatively do take a look at our stroke factsheet on all about strokes and how we can help.

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team

Arthritis Care Week: 14th – 21st May

This week is Arthritis Care Week (#arthritismatters) where we are arthritis6encouraging people who suffer with arthritis to talk about what it’s like to live with arthritis.

The numbers of people living with arthritis are rising with predictions suggesting that it will increase by 50% by 2030. With an estimated 10 million people living with arthritis already in the UK; it is the most common single cause of disability, a significant reason for workplace absence and at over £5bn is a huge cost to the NHS.

Arthritis Care CEO Judi Rhys says “Arthritis is an overlooked and underestimated condition, the pain it causes can be excruciating and its impact is often life changing.  People are needlessly enduring years of pain and fatigue, giving up the things they love and that give their life meaning and purpose.  Early recognition of the symptoms and diagnosis can immediately improve people’s lives and prevent more serious health problems later on.  People need to be able to recognise the symptoms, know how to manage it and be supported to enjoy an active, healthy and independent life.”

A recent UK wide survey has revealed that people are enduring years of pain before seeking help for arthritis.  It showed that 16% waited over one year while 28% waited over 2 years before taking action. Those most likely to delay seeking help are between 40-64 years old.  Reasons given by people included they are ‘too busy with life’; ‘mother had it and not a lot was done for her so got on with it ‘til I could hardly walk’ and another ‘thought it was an old and existing injury’.

Help spread the word!
Please support Arthritis Care Week by sharing your experiences and messages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtags #GoRuby and #ArthritisMatters!

Clothing for Arthritis Sufferers

We at Adaptawear have been supporting arthritis sufferers for many years. Take a look at our website to see some of our ladies and men’s discreetly adapted clothing to aid people with arthritis.  By replacing zips with Velcro, buttons with magnets or having long zips with zip pulls enables the garments to open wide and stiff and sore arthritic hands are able to manage the fastenings helping you to remain independent for longer.   Our clothing range includes:

arthritis7Eezee Bra

The 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.

Price: £25.00 ex VAT

arthritis8Men’s Magnetic Shirt

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.

Price: £34.99 ex VAT


arthritis9Drop Front Trousers

These smart drop-front trousers open down past the hips but you would never tell.  Velcro tabs on both waistbands with optional elastic waistband to prevent trousers falling down.  Available in both ladies and men’s styles.

Price:  £38.00 ex VAT

Some other products suitable for arthritis sufferers include:

For more information do take a look at our factsheet on all things to do with arthritis.

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team

Dementia Awareness Week 15th – 21st May

dementiaThis Dementia Awareness Week (#DAW2016) we’re encouraging anyone who is worried about dementia to confront their concerns and get in touch with the Alzheimer’s Society.

There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025 and 2 million by 2051.

  • 225,000 people will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes.
  • 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia.
  • 70% of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems.
  • There are over 40,000 people under 65 with dementia in the UK.
  • More than 25,000 people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups in the UK are affected.

If you’re worried that you, or someone close to you, might have dementia, call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or email for advice and support.

Help Raise Awareness of Dementia WeekDementia 4

  1. Share the Alzheimer’s Society film of Rhod Gilbert confronting dementia
  2. Attend your nearest event – hundreds of awareness-raising and fundraising events will be taking place in communities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  3. Or why not organise your own fundraising event or run a Dementia Friends session?

Useful Links on Dementia Awareness Week

Adaptawear would like to make the lives of any of our customers suffering with as easy as Dementia 5possible.  Our comfortable adapted clothing have been specifically designed to aid independent or assisted dressing allowing getting dressed easier and less painful for a family member.  We supply ladies and men’s daywear and nightwear including a range of open back clothing specifically suitable for dementia sufferers.   Do take a look at our clothes online or call us on 0800 051 1931.

Best wishes

Adaptawear Team

Dying Matters Awareness Week!

Every year in May, Dying Matters and their Coalition members host an Awareness Week, which dying matters 1gives an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda.

Dying Matters is a coalition of 32,000 members (set up by the National Council for Palliative Care) across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.

The Big Conversation

Join The Big Conversation for this week’s Dying Matters Awareness Week.  During the week wedying matters 2 are encouraging the public to have a Big Conversation with loved one about what they want for the end of their lives.

We are also encouraging people to take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for them and for their loved ones:

  • Write your will
  • Record your funeral wishes
  • Plan your future care and support
  • Consider registering as an organ donor
  • Tell your loved ones your wishes

The 2016 Awareness Week will run from 9th -15th May.  There are many other ways you can promote and support Dying Matters Awareness Week including:

  • Follow Dying Matters on TwitterFacebookLinkedInYouTube and Pinterest. 
  • Tweet about it, always including the hashtag #BigConversation.
  • Join in the #BigConversation on Twitter. Between 1-2pm GMT every day of Awareness Week we will be hosting a Tweet chat on a variety of topics relating to dying, death and bereavement – and we’d love you to join in. Find out more

If you are or a loved one are struggling with a terminal illness or require palliative care and require any adapted clothing then do take a look at our Adaptawear clothing.  From nightwear to daywear we offer a range of ladies and men’s clothing to help people with either independent dressing or assisted dressing.

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team

Cosyfeet:  Footwear for Extra Wide & Swollen Feet

cosyfeetAdaptawear are pleased to work in partnership with Cosyfeet who provide a range of ladies and men’s footwear (slippers and shoes) suitable for anyone with swollen or extra wide feet. 

Cosyfeet Extra Roomy Footwear is designed to be the most comfortable footwear available for anyone with swollen or extra wide feet. With over 11,000 UK Health Care Professionals recommending Cosyfeet it has a great number of people using their shoes and accessories.cosyfeet1

Cosyfeet’s beliefs

They believe in giving people with swollen or problem feet the most comfortable, stylish footwear possible. That’s why their designer combines the latest trends with premium materials, expert shoemaking and advanced foot-comfort technology.

cosyfeet2They also believe in keeping things simple so we offer a single width fitting (EEEEE+ for women, HH+ for men) that can be adjusted to fit a range of swelling.

What sort of feet can they fit?

Their expertise is in fitting swollen feet. Their footwear isn’t just extra-wide, its extra deep as well which means it’s very roomy. It’s also adjustable so it can fit a range of swelling from minor to very swollen. They can also fit very wide feet, problem toes, cosyfeet3bunions, bandaging and orthotics. Lots of thought goes into their shoemaking including carefully placed seams, comfy insoles and cushioned support.

For more information on Cosyfeet’s shoes and slippers they offered and to view their latest range and special offers please visit their website via our Adaptawear partnership link.

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team