Adaptive Clothing

Adaptive clothing is for people experiencing difficulty dressing themselves due to an inability to manipulate closures, such as buttons and zippers, or due to a lack of a full range of motion required for self-dressing.  Adaptive clothes are also designed to help caregivers of people with dementia, by offering rear-closure that can’t be accessed by their care recipients.

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The features of adaptive clothing include: flat seams, snaps, velcro, stretchy fabric, roomy design, longer rise in the back, elastic waist, and other features to increase comfort and reduce effort when dressing.

Types of Adaptive Clothing

Adaptive clothing adapts to the nature of the disease to help both individuals and their caregivers.


The challenge is reduced bladder control and urgency. Adaptive clothing needs to be easily removed and needs to accommodate incontinence aids discreetly and comfortably.

Alzheimer’s Disease:

The challenge is that Individual may disrobe at inappropriate times. To address that adaptive clothing has locking or closures in the back.

Parkinson’s Disease and Arthritis: 

The challenge is loss of fine motor skills. Adaptive clothing have Velcro or magnetic buttons, instead of traditional closures.

Paraplegia and Quadriplegia:

The challenge is inability to bend muscles or move joints. Adaptive clothing have open back eliminating the need to rotate/bend muscles or joints.


The challenge is swelling of feet and legs makes it difficult to wear conventional footwear or pants. Adaptive Shoes and pants have adjustable sizes and non-restrictive closures.

Successful adaptive clothing looks like conventional attire.

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Buck and Buck does provide a comprehensive guide of adaptive clothing, albeit it is mostly about their products, it also has a lot of good general information based on different health conditions.

Lovetoknow has an article on adaptive clothing.  

Disabled-World has information about adaptive clothing and links to manufacturers and size conversion charts.  


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