The Best Adaptive Pants for Seniors

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Most people don’t think about adaptive clothing until it’s needed, and then it can be hard to find the appropriate clothes to fit your needs. You’ll have to ask your doctor what sort of adaptive pants are best for you (and if you even need them at all), but once you get the right pair, they’ll make your day-to-day life much easier! In this guide, we’ll discuss some of the most popular senior-friendly adaptive pants and how they can help you live more independently in spite of your disabilities or impairments.

 Things to Consider Before Buying

1) What size pants do you wear?

2) How much do you weigh? 

3) What is your height? 

4) Do you have any restrictions from a doctor?

5) What kind of activity will the adaptive pants be used for (e.g. running, walking, etc.)?

 6) Will the adaptive pants be used by someone who has long-term disabilities or temporary disabilities (e.g. broken leg)? 

7) Where are you most likely to wear the adaptive pants (e.g. outside, inside, at home)? 

8) How often will the adaptive pants for wheelchair be worn?

Recommendations by Activity Level

1) For those who only need a little help and want to remain mobile, an elastic waistband might be all you need. Consider these pants which can offer a comfortable fit around the waist, as well as give gentle support in the hips. These are also great if you want to wear two or three pairs of pants at once – just hold up with suspenders! 

2) If your needs are more significant and you’re not able to walk independently or move freely on your own, then they may require something that provides more support. This type of adaptive clothing is best suited for sitting in a chair or getting in and out of bed, so it’s important to be honest about how much support your body needs. Some seniors might prefer this design due to its limited range of motion: it is generally easier to put on than other types, such as a hospital gown or another form-fitting garment. It also has the advantage of being less restrictive than a traditional sling-back wheelchair. 

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