Designed as an aid for those with physical restrictions adaptive clothing is largely created for those with disabilities, the elderly, and the infirm. As traditional clothing can often be restrictive and cause difficulty in dressing and undressing, adaptive clothing is designed to accommodate the needs of those who use it. This can be that the clothing is modified to assist individuals with a low degree of disability dress independently or for those with a high degree of disability allow their carers to dress them with ease. Garments are made with additional features, such as Velcro, snap fasteners, and elasticated elements, replace traditional seams or buttons enable easier dressing for people with a disability.
There is a great need for adaptive clothing with the high street, supermarkets and big name online retailers doing little for those that require altered clothing. A common misconception of adaptive clothing is that it is only for wheelchair users or others that have severe disabilities. Though it is true these groups benefit from the clothing so do those who have limited mobility, stiff joints, incontinence problems and those with physical or behavioural differences. In this sense it is difficult to produce adaptive clothing that caters to all, though there is common ground amongst the issues faced.
What makes our clothing special?
CAPR-Style was created through the necessity of a mother to care for her disabled son and because of this we know the real life impact that clothing can have on those with disabilities and those who care for them. Working with children, parents, carers, and nurses we continually strive to create and develop clothing that best addresses the issues caused by traditional clothing. The experience and skills of our team combined with the knowledge of those who know the benefit of this clothing have created garments that respond to the problems regularly faced by disabled children.
One of the main problems identified from our research was the lack of access for G-Tubes, with parents and carers having to fumble through layers of clothing to gain access to the opening. It was not an easy task to do and, along with carrying a health risk as it increases the risk of the tube being pulled out, during the point of feeding the children’s skin was left exposed and parents felt the look was quite bedraggled. Adding the feature of an integrated opening eases the stress of locating and connecting feeding tubes whilst protecting the childs dignity.
Another issue that was regularly talked about was how traditional trousers allowed little room for nappies and pads. The waistline of the trouser was regularly to tight to allow for a nappy to be worn or the waistline was low making it difficult to cover the nappy. For this reason many had resigned themselves into dressing their children in jogging bottoms and little else. All of our stylish trousers have a higher waistline and extra space to allow for nappies and pads to be worn comfortably.