What are your everyday thoughts, questions, concerns, successes, and challenges?
I have a female friend who loves the side zipper thing I how ever have not had the privilege of trying it out my self but would love to
I am the caregiver for my para 22 year old son, and I too have been trying to adapt clothing for him. I can find nothing in "ready made" adapted clothing that would appeal to a younger person, mostly geared towards a more mature person.
My concern with the side zippers is they may be too difficult to get pulled closed while a person is in a sitting position (around the "bend"). I have had good luck replacing the front zipper in jeans, shorts and casual slacks - removing the standard 7" and replacing it with a 9". The extra 2" allows the fly to open farther so he has easier access for cathing.
I tried using velcro on both sides, thinking being able to open the entire flap would work but it also was difficult to get closed again smoothly and difficult for a person to manage by themself.
Another thing I do - I buy the pants a size larger than he needs and put a piece of wide elastic inside the back waistband. This allows him extra room so they don't bind on his waist or aggravate his colostomy area, they don't fit as tight when trying to get them on/zipped/buttoned but the elastic pulls them back around a bit so they look like they still fit nice.
If I were going to make a pair of pants "from scratch", one thing I would definitely do is make the waistband higher in the back to give better coverage to that area when sitting.
Now I am going to ask for your help! I would like some tips to make a button front shirt fit and look better for someone sitting in a wheelchair (he wears them untucked mostly). When he wears them, they get all bunched up in front, pull up in the back and look horrible or he has to leave them unbuttoned over a tee shirt. So far, polo shirts have been his best bet.
I hope this is of some use to you and I will be watching for more information on your products! Best of luck to you!
Hi,my son was injured 2.5 years ago; he is now 27. He sticks with Lucky Brand jeans. Button fly, slim cut. He is really tall and skinny, and he looks best in them. The button fly works great for cathing, and never unzips on him. Also, Lucky has long lengths, so no more ankles show. By the way, he is a C4/C5 incomplete with no movement in left arm and some in right. So other's straight cath him. Never really looked into adaptive clothing, these seem to work out just fine. I don't think he cares about the waistband higher in the back, as he wouldn't tuck a shirt into jeans. Now, for dressier pants, it is Banana Republic. They also have long lengths, slimmer cuts. And yes, size larger than he would normally wear for both. These are a bit higher in the waist than jeans but still nice looking on a young man. Maybe you could check these out when you are adapting stuff. Side zippers? He wouldn't consent to wearing anything like that! And his sister would kill me for even mentioning it! :) But then again, he doesn't have a need for it, like a special device or reason to cath that way. So if it could look invisible, then maybe....
Hi Laura. I was curious as to why you would be a '' care giver'' to your 22 year old para son. I am a t 4 complete paraplegic and have never had a care giver. I raised 3 children as a single mom from a wheelchair. Sorry, I was just curious.
Hilinda. I will disclaim myself first by saying, I apologize for involving myself here.
That being said, I believe and have seen, that each and every case and level of paralysis and disability are different. So are the caregivers and how they take care of their loved ones. Everyone does what makes them comfortable and happy. There are no rules. So, your " curiosity" you mentioned twice, after explaining your situation is just not nice. Maybe you could instead, write back with some helpful tips to help instead.
Hi Dayna. The only reason I asked was to understand the circumstances so that I could help with tips. I understand that every disability is different. I've been in a wheelchair for 32 years. I probably understand this better than most able bodied people. I even have to explain this to nurses whenever I am in the hospital.