Wearing Comfortable Clothing

 

July 19, 2018

Comfort prevails over anything in senior fashion, especially in the summer heat and winter cold seniors need to be able to properly dressed to face the elements! 

Bracing for the Weather 

The weather outside, the temperate indoors, and disabilities all have an impact on the decisions we must make before changing our loved ones into their daily attire. With a solid understanding of how senior bodies handle temperatures and the ways in which disabilities can limit clothing, we can offer our loved ones a better, more enjoyable set of threads to live in.

Surviving the summer heat is a must, dehydration can cause major health problems! Dress in lightweight and light-colored clothes made of breathable fabrics such as cotton. The clothes will provide enough protection from direct sun and allow you to sweat off the heat. For the winter colds, try wearing thick and warm clothing to maintain a healthy, consistent body temperature. Thermals, scarves, blankets can keep you toasty during the harsh colder temperatures. 

Seniors experience weather differently than young adults, make sure you communicate with your loved one and ensure they are properly cool or warm.

Adaptive Clothing

It's important for seniors to be able to get dressed and undressed by themselves. This can be a challenge if a physical disability, chronic condition, and/or other restrictions make it difficult. Adaptive clothing is designed to make it easy to dress/undress by providing easy access to certain body parts without having to fully remove any clothing, making life simpler for aging adults. Changing a loved one’s clothing can be incredibly difficult, especially if they have a disability. Adaptive attire simplifies the changing process by tailoring certain aspects of a garment to make them easier to put on while increasing comfort and safety.

  • Velcro-type closures instead of buttons
  • Open-back blouses, shirts, and dresses with Velcro-type closures that still retain the traditional button styling on the front
  • Lap-over back-style garments with snaps for the individual who cannot raise their arms
  • Zippers with easy-to-grasp pull tabs
  • Pants with side zippers
  • Seatless pants to help with incontinence
  • Shoes with Velcro-type closures instead of shoelaces
  • Slippers that adjust in width to accommodate swollen feet and ankles

Some of the best online adaptive clothing lines can help you choose from a varied selection. Check out these companies!

Getting Rid of the Clutter

Maybe it's time to clear out the closet and only keep what you'll need. A cluttered closet can be an eyesore, take the opportunity to figure out what still fits and worn. Make piles for the clothing, one to keep, one to sell and one to donate. Donate any unwanted clothes at your local thrift store or community center and sell at a garage sale or find the local community center parking lot sale. If you find yourself having a much emptier closet, perhaps buy some of the adaptive clothing we recommended earlier!

We hope you enjoyed these tips in being comfortable in your own clothes and perhaps a less cluttered closet. Consider hiring one of our companions if you need the additional support, learn more to hire a companion.