I was introduced to an article the contents of which I wanted to share. It had to do with a clothier who has made “adaptive” clothing his niche. When Jeff Alter was invited to become a member of his family’s clothing business, he decided to focus on one sector of the population: the senior demographic and, more specifically, clothing that adapted itself to the needs of that demographic.
What is adaptive clothing? Clothing that adapts itself to people who have limited mobility. As Rick Spencer from the National Post writes:
Silvert’s niche isn’t for everyone. “Adaptive” clothing refers to clothes that have been engineered to meet the limited mobility of aging seniors. Think of open-back blouses and sweaters that can be donned without the wearers having to raise their arms, or open-back pants (there’s a flap that closes with a snap) that lets seated people dress without standing up. Elastic waists, Velcro closures, no-slip socks and extra-wide slippers offer some idea of the attention to detail Silvert’s provides to its market.
This isn’t high fashion; it’s colorful casual wear that restores dignity to an often-neglected demographic, from the bedridden to the merely arthritic, and makes life easier for their caregivers.
Alter does not own stores. These clothes can be ordered online at www.silvert.com or through catalogues sent out twice yearly.
I was introduced to this article through one of the groups that I am a part of with Linkedin, Senior Care, and one of the participants shared this bit of information:
I have a client, age 90, with severe neurologic pain from shingles. She cannot tolerate touch to her upper body. She wears garments designed by this company which allow minimal movement and touch when dressing. What wonderful designs! I highly recommend every care manager exploring these alternative garments, they are wonderful and very attractive.
Although I do not condone using my blog as an advertising forum, sometimes, like with this article, which highlights someone who is really enhancing the lives of the people his company serves, it ends up being advertising in its purest form: ie, spreading the word!
© Yvonne Behrens 2012