How to Help Your Loved One Embrace Adaptive Clothing
You may find it challenging to persuade a senior to get accustomed to adaptive clothing, depending on your relationship with them. Many seniors can be reluctant.
A strong-willed attitude can have many forms, but it is often associated with a fear of losing independence. Wearing adaptive clothing can seem frightening, as it implies a lot of reliance on others; the loss of freedom they are afraid of.
Yet, the truth is, adaptive clothing can be stylish, comfortable, and can make a huge difference in quality of life.
Each individual will handle the change differently, so there is no single way to reassure seniors to handle the change. However, below are a couple of approaches that may help ease the way.
- Highlight how it is similar to non-adaptive clothing. Geri Fashions’ items are stylish, with the adaptive aspect being visually subtle. There are tons of options in the catalogue, including bright colours, patterns, and dresses- so your senior is not missing out on anything. For example, if your loved one likes floral prints over monochromatic designs, they can still choose to wear this fashion.
- Communicate how it will make you feel better. Some people are prepared to change for the sake of others, even if they don't want to change for themselves. Knowing you will worry less if they are wearing adaptive clothing may influence their decision.
- Start small. Start by purchasing basic items to try out. Consider starting out with pieces you know you’ll need. Shop adaptive pants in colours that go with everything, and basic tops, cardigans and undergarments. Once in use, they may be more willing to adjust to the new wardrobe, after a positive experience with something they’re trying out.
- Look for areas with the smallest gradient. Some clothing styles may be preferred by your family member over others. If so, start there. For example, replacing a button shirt with a shirt with snaps at the shoulder isn’t so atypical, while open back pants with modesty flaps at the back may seem like a more dramatic change.
- Change the language. You don't have to use words like "special" or "adapted" when talking about apparel. This may create negative connotations with the clothing, making the clothing unappealing. Instead, treat it as a casual transition of their wardrobe, always considering their personal style as the wardrobe is curated.
- Sanjana A