PARKINSON'S DRESSING GUIDE
How we dress is a means of showing our personality and staying positive. For those living with Parkinson's, the struggle of daily dressing can leave many feeling frustrated, isolated and a loss of independence.
Adaptive clothing can help to manage and overcome a variety of dressing difficulties including cognitive ability, balance and strength. Discrete adaptations to clothes can transform lives, give back confidence, provide dignity and help to maintain independence.
The Able Label clothing was created after Founder Katie, saw her own grandmother who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, begin to struggle with independent dressing. The Parkinson's clothing range for both women and men has been designed to provide style without the struggle for either self or assisted dressing and to improve overall daily living.
Here are some of our top tips for easier dressing;
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Poppers, hook and eye and Velcro can all help to overcome fiddly fastenings like buttons and zips. We find that Velcro fastenings require the least amount of coordination and strength to use, making them ideal for anyone who struggles with fine motor skills.
There are many types of Velcro out there, so make sure you look for clothing options that use a high grade Velcro. The Able Label has sourced a premium Velcro that proves easy to open and close, whilst staying firmly fastened when wearing and washes well too.
TOP TIP* To make your clothes last even longer, ensure you close all of the fastenings when washing to prevent damage caused to clothes or fastenings.
Womenswear - Tabatha Pure Cotton Velcro Short Sleeve Tees
Menswear - James Brushed Cotton Velcro Shirt
Super stretch fabrics including jerseys, and viscose with elastane, help make getting into and out of clothes easier as the garment moves with, rather than against you. Stretchy fabrics also give greater ease and comfort of movement all day.
To keep feet happy and to avoid swelling, choose gentle fabric socks such as bamboo for a soft comfortable fit.
Raglan sleeves provide a wider surface area making it easier to get arms into armholes. Wide leg trousers are similar, in making it easier to dress legs into. If you feel the cold, sleeveless capes and ponchos have no armholes making them easier to pop on and off.
Front Opening Designs
To avoid uncomfortable overhead dressing, fully front opening options, such as shirts and nightwear provide a perfect solution. There are front opening designs, with easier adaptive fastenings.
For women, bras can prove particularly tricky, as they traditionally fasten at the back. Front opening options make it a lot easier to reach and to see how to align the fastenings.
Menswear - Mark Cotton Long Sleeve Velcro Nightshirt
Fully Opening Wrap Styles
For dressing with reduced movement and balance, wrap styles can make dressing quicker, safer and easier. Fully opening wrap skirts mean that you don’t need to bend down to pull them up and down - simply wrap around, fasten and go! Wrap skirts can also make toileting easier too by spinning the opening round to the back. Fully opening wrap tops and dresses avoid awkward back fastenings.
Colour Coordinated Trims
Cognitive difficulties can make the process of dressing into clothing the right way round complicated. The Able Label has worked with Occupational Therapists to find a solution. There are several items within the range that incorporate colour coordinated internal trims - lime for left and red for right, which help with dressing the right way round.
Womenswear - Debbie Jersey Wrap Velcro Skirt
For those who may require assistance with dressing, wrap and back opening styles are best making it easier for care givers to assist more quickly, easily and safely.
For those who spend long periods in a seated position and have very limited movement, a simple opening at the back concealed with overlapping fabric for dignity are best, as they also make toileting easier. Search for seam-free styles such as capes to help prevent bed sores.
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