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1bentley1
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Date: 9/9/13 8:41 AM

I am trying to locate a pattern companies that caterto disabled/handicapped or Alzheimer patients. Specifically, I need patterns (pants, tops, undershirts, etc.) for a wheelchair bound women who is unable to dress herself and ideally the patterns should open from the back.

Also, I would be interested in ideas for adapting ready made clothing to suit the same limitations.

I am aware of the several companies that sell clothing for the disabled along with the Fashion Freaks website, however, I was hoping to find additional ideas.

I would like to extend my thanks for your input and ideas.

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Date: 9/9/13 6:24 PM

It's been a while but there were a few topics from a few years ago that might interest you. I haven't read all the threads so I don't know if they address your issue with wheelchair bound women or not. Having a father with Alzheimers has really opened my eyes on this subject.

Sewing for the disabled

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Date: 9/10/13 1:08 AM

This is a good question. My mom is in a skilled nursing facility in Kansas, and I live in California. DH and I are vistiting her later this month. I am her only family, so finding her clothing is so hard, and I am relieved she has so much help from the nurses and aides as far as getting dressed. However, I also know mom has always been super independent and hates having help! I have made her elastic waist lounge pants, but will find out what more she needs on the visit. I am so thankful you brought this up and will track this topic to check in later. Again, thank you!

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Date: 9/10/13 3:38 AM

To Sewlibra:

I am not an expert on Alzheimer's but in my mother's case she can no longer raise her arms to dress nor can she stand up while dressing. As a result, I have been advised to provide her nursing home with clothing that opens from the back so they can slide her arms in at waist height and then fasten the top at the back via Velcro or snaps etc. Also, the pants I have been requested to provide open from the back and have some kind of flap to make dressing etc. easier. I have not seen the pants personally.

The problem with buying ready made clothing that opens from the back is the items are not very nice but they are very expensive. I am a competent sewer so I thought if I could find a few patterns for making such clothing I would sew my mother up a new wardrobe.

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Date: 9/10/13 8:34 AM

I have alteredd clothing for special needs customers, and with dresses, I just split the back all the way up and totally clothes the front, then pit a wid facing in the back opening, and velcro....It does not need to clothes below the waist, and that makes then easier for toileting or changing if the person is wheelchair bound.

If you are starting from scratch, put a double back in shirts , dress, etc, and attach at the shoulders with snaps or velcro...even tank tops/undershirts can have shoulder attachments...therefore..over the head to the waist, then up under the arms and attach at the shoulders.

Pants, put an opening on both sides, so they will drop down at the back or front for toileting and changing. Hope some of these ideas help.
Check out www.silverts.com they have great ideas and pictures including the wheelchair pants that someone talked/ asked about.
-- Edited on 9/10/13 8:42 AM --

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Date: 9/10/13 3:08 PM

I went looking for a site I remembered, found this blog, and it links to a couple sites--included the one I recalled--

the blog

the one I went looking for

Don't be put off by the name--it's a respectful, creative site to the best of my recollection, with lots of good ideas.

HTH!

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Date: 9/10/13 7:20 PM

I think your experience and expertise would be great to share as a tutorial with pixs for us. I humbly request your consideration for such instruction.

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Date: 9/10/13 9:30 PM

I have cared for patients with dementia both in the hospital and in long term care settings. One of the most important things to remember when selecting clothing is to select a size that is large enough. Often when I started to change a patient I found that all of their clothes were too small, making dressing difficult and uncomfortable for them. Inactive bodies tend to spread out so the clothes that fit when a patient is first admitted may not fit a year or two later-this is especially important if an adult diaper is in use.

Choose tops with openings in the back or pull-over ones made of a stretch fabric-knits for both tops and pants are much easier to get on and off. Pants should have elastic waists that they are easy to pull up. Avoid buttons on the back of garments so that the patient's skin isn't damaged due to the pressure of sitting or lying on them. Make sure that pant rises are cut high enough that the patient's back side isn't exposed while seated.
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Date: 9/11/13 3:20 AM

Hi Folks:

Thanks for all the great tips and advice. This type of garment construction is new to me or rather its a work in progress.

Once I find a system that works for my mother I will take pictures and try to write up a tutorial which might be helpful to other members.

The one idea I had was to sew loops on one side of the garment with corresponding ties on the opposite side. While dressing the tie could be threaded through the loop and tied like a shoe lash and this method would allow for possible fluctuations in weight. I might give this method a try and see how it works - I used this method on my duvet cover to keep the duvet from sliding around inside the cover and it worked like a dream.

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