Adaptive Apparel for ALS Patients
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, or motor neuron disease) is a disease that gradually paralyzes people because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles of the body. This makes daily activities difficult, such as changing clothes.
Fortunately, there are adaptive clothes designed to help ALS patients. The following are tips and product suggestions about dressing options for ALS patients.
Tip #1: Switch to open back pants. Open Back Pants have an elastic waistband and protection flaps that cover the backside if the individual is in a standing or upright position. This garment can be opened completely in the back with snap closures to provide ease of changing.
Tip #2: Try open back shirts. Open back styles are also available for tops. These products can be extremely helpful for people in wheelchairs or with limited upper-body mobility. Our open-back tops are fastened using snaps at the shoulder. The back of the garment can fully open, allowing an individual to be dressed and undressed without having to raise their arms. The design of this adaptive top provides full coverage for the wearer and looks like a traditional top at first glance.
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Tip #3: Explore other undergarment options. We recommend selecting undershirts that have snap closures on the shoulders that allow the garment to completely open up in the back for easy changing. For women, we recommend front closure bras for those with limited mobility and dexterity who still want to dress themselves. Opened and closed in the front, this bra requires minimal strain on the arms and shoulders. With material loops conveniently placed in the front, you only need your hands and palms to put on and remove the bra. This front closing bra has raised-up straps that are not adjustable.
Start shopping with Geri! We’re here to help ALS patients find the best products for their individual needs.