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4 Reasons why You Should be Suggesting Adaptive Clothing

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How does Adaptive Clothing Help Health Care Professionals?

Adaptive Clothing is an essential item that as a health care professionals, your patients can benefit from. By suggesting adaptive clothing, it eases the job of healthcare professionals by allowing their patients to remain more independent for longer as a result of wearing clothing with adaptations that make them easier to put on. For patients that suffer from more intensive injuries and disabilities, assisted dressing clothing offers open back solutions which reduce the struggle of dressing a patient as well as alleviating pain for both the patient and preventing healthcare professional injuries. The following are four reasons why healthcare professionals should recommend adaptive clothing to their patients:

Reduces Back & Shoulder Pain

Back and shoulder pain are common professional hazards that are experienced by many nursing professionals. Daily routines involving tasks such as lifting patients, transferring patients and maneuvering bedridden patients increases the likelihood of incurring personal physical strain and/or injury.

“Compared to other occupations, nursing personnel are among the highest at risk for musculoskeletal disorders. One of the most difficult aspects of a nurse’s job is the physical challenge of being on his/her feet all day. Also, frequently moving patients in and out of wheelchairs, assistive devices, beds, bathrooms or from place to place. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports nearly 80% of all back and shoulder injuries result from moving patients.”  – https://painandspinespecialists.com/top-5-high-risk-jobs-back-injuries/

 Adaptive clothing offers:

Adaptive clothing offers dressing solutions that help reduce the physical strain on health care professionals while providing less of a frustrating and sometimes painful experience for patients.

Dressing from behind avoids hitting       

Patients with Alzheimer’s or Dementia behavior may display aggressive behaviors while being dressed.

  • Pulling shirts over their face can cause confusion and put them into a panic, making them aggressive. Open back tops and open back dresses open up completely alleviating the struggle of forcing a shirt over the head into small neck holes. Adaptive designs offer larger arm openings making it easier to dress patients with resistant behaviors or a patient with reduced upper arm mobility.
  • Adaptive anti-strip suit designs are a great solution when patients with dementia display disrobing behaviors. Suggesting adaptive clothing allows patients to be dressed from behind reducing potential nursing staff injuries while solving patient disrobing issues.

Faster & more efficient

It’s also a matter of time. With a faster routine you will have more time to do things that your patient enjoys doing.  Getting adaptive clothes on is so much less of a struggle that health care professionals will notice a change in how long it takes to get through the morning routine. This is especially beneficial to long term care and nursing homes, when a nurse or support worker may have to attend to more than one resident within a morning.

Improved Patient Interaction

Frequently patients are uncomfortable with the idea of needing help getting dressed.  In addition, being maneuvered in and out of a lift, transferred to a chair and constantly being shifted within a bed increases the risk of patient jury. Adaptive clothing offers comfortable struggle free dressing options. Health care providers can spend more quality time connecting with their patients.

 Adaptive Clothing helps with more than just dressing. It improves the quality of life between the patients and health care professionals. Improving the struggle of daily dressing through time and efficiency, cutting down the time it takes to dress a patient allows for more time to spend doing what the patient loves. It improves the patient struggles and pain, as well as the healthcare pain related problems in dressing. Finally by improving the overall safety in a patient, a healthcare professional can rest easy.

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