Through the research process, we learned about different routines caregivers have to go through each day with patients that can often become tedious and never-ending. An element that seemed to be common in several of these routines were clothes. When patients lose urinary continence, have to shower, leave the house, go to sleep, or simply feel the need to change, dressing them becomes a challenge.
Clothing is not designed to serve the needs dementia patients face. I am proposing a clothing line that helps caregivers by facilitating the process of changing patients, while also allowing the care receiver to feel dignified and comfortable. All items of clothes will have Velcro incorporated, to ease the process of putting clothes on and off. Although comfort will be key, pieces will be designed to be as aesthetically pleasing as possible. T- Shirts for example will look and feel ordinary but will be attached on the back by small undetectable pieces of Velcro.
Clothes will also include incorporated pads, to reduce the need of adult diapers and convertible pieces to serve different activities – for example showering can be done in shorts to help patients feel at ease and dignified.
We think this clothing line will ease the role of caregivers by facilitating several of the routines they go through each day. It will also improve their relationship with the care receiver by allowing them to feel dignified -- changing clothes, under garments and showering is one the most stress inducing activities for patients.
Wellcro is wellness … wellness through Velcro!