Guide to Women’s Adaptive Clothing

Guide to Women’s Adaptive Clothing

A loved one's dressing process can be challenging or time-consuming for them as they age. Your mom may find it difficult to zip the zipper on her favourite dress, or if she's in a wheelchair, she may struggle to put on pants even with assistance. Tying shoes can be challenging for seniors living with dementia.

Adaptive clothing can help seniors feel less frustrated and more comfortable. Geri Fashions has clothes designed for elderly loved ones, or those facing specific illnesses like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.

Now, let’s look at a free guide on building an adaptive wardrobe for your female senior loved one.

Open Back Tops

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 these adaptive tops provide full coverage for the wearer and looks like a traditional top at first glance. 

Women’s open-back tops are available in a wide variety of styles. They come in long sleeves, short sleeves, blouses, and cardigans. Having a large selection of style options helps to ensure that there is something for everyone.

Open Back Pants and Skirts

As the name suggests, open-back pants and skirts are adaptive garments that open at the back. Open-back pants and skirts are ideal clothing for those in wheelchairs and those who cannot bear weight or be restricted by traditional pants. 

This type of pants and skirts are great for caregivers as they allow an individual to be changed in a standing or laying position.

Open-back pants and skirts are cut out at the back but have generous-sized modesty flaps to provide coverage. They’re fastened using 3 snaps at the back of the pants. These snaps allow for adjustment by approximately 1.5 to 2 inches.

Adaptive Dresses

Wearing adaptive clothing does not mean compromising personal style. Your loved ones can still express themselves in the colours and patterns they choose. Geri Fashions carries open-back dresses, for women to showcase their style in a comfortable garment.

Adaptive dresses from Geri Fashions are open back, which helps remove extra steps and difficulties associated with traditional dresses - such as stepping into or struggling with dresses that have neck openings or sleeves. With hidden simple shoulder snaps, (thanks to an extra material covering) elderly and disabled women will avoid feeling uncomfortable closures. 

Wheelchair dresses make dressing a simple effort for both you and healthcare nurses that work at care facilities or when visiting homes.

Adaptive Nightwear

Women's adaptive sleepwear from Geri Fashions offers top-quality clothing for prestige and comfort. Enjoy getting ready for bed with ease thanks to generous back overlaps and pressure-free shoulder snaps that don’t need to be tied or snapped together like traditional nightwear.

With many material options such as flannel, cotton, fleece and poly-cotton that can come with short or long sleeve choices, we’re sure that you’ll find something fashionable and comfortable for bedtime.

Geri Fashions carries nightgowns as well as lounge sets, depending on your loved one’s preferences. 

Snap Shoulder Undervest

The Ladies Adaptive Undervest is a real must-have for anyone who wears adaptive clothing. Available in white and in a wide variety of sizes there is something for everyone. 

These undershirts are made from a Poly/Cotton blend and are very comfortable and breathable. This undershirt is adaptive by having snap closures on the shoulders that allow the garment to completely open up in the back for easy changing.

For this particular staple item, we recommend having multiple so that you have one to wear, one in the closet and one in the wash. We carry a Daily Wear Set so you save 15% when you buy a 4-pack.

Adaptive Front Closure Bra

This Ladies Front Closure Bra is an amazing option 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, the wearer only needs their hands and palms to put on and remove the bra. This front closing bra has raised straps that are not adjustable.

Adaptive Fleece Bedcoat

This Ladies Fleece Bed coat is a comfortable option for those who need a little extra warmth during the day or right before bed.

The fleece material is very soft on the skin and is suitable to be worn in bed for extra comfort. This Bed coat features a snap closure front by the neck for easy removal.

This cape-style garment comes in red, navy, blue, and light pink, all in one size.

Ladies’ Nurse Slippers

Geri Fashions carries a variety of adaptive and Velcro-closure shoes and slippers. The large Velcro fasteners allow adaptive slippers to open wider than a traditional slipper so that the individual's foot may be placed inside with minimal effort.  


Shoes for swollen feet are a common need for people who have diabetes and other health conditions. We carry a selection of diabetic shoes for women. 

This Ladies Gredico Nurse Slipper is an indoor shoe with a hard bottom. Available in wool or satin. These shoes have 3 way adjustable Velcro straps and a removable leather insole with memory foam. These shoes have extra depth to allow comfort for those with swollen feet.

We intend for this guide to help you start shopping for your loved one who adaptive clothing can aid. If you are still unsure about where to start, we highly recommend our Women’s Adaptive Sets. For your convenience, we've grouped select daily-wear bestsellers into sets, with a discount to simplify shopping.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us! You can call us Toll-Free at 1-800-361-4374 or email

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