Adaptive clothing: help for the handicapped, disabled and elderly and their caretakers
Nov 8, 2006 (Updated May 8, 2007)
What is one thing that these three people might have in common?:
1. An elderly woman with severe arthritis in her hands
2. A man who is confined to a wheelchair because of weakness in his legs
3. A stroke victim living in a nursing home
Answer: They all are likely to have great difficulty with dressing or undressing.
The task of dressing, which seems so simple to those of us who are healthy, can be a source of tremendous frustration for the elderly and the disabled, as they struggle to maintain their independence. Dressing may be a daunting challenge for the family member, nurse or home health aide caring for the disabled person, as well. Seattle, Washington based store Buck & Buck can help.
Buck & Buck Online Store sells specialized clothing and footwear for men and women with disabilities, chronic illness or dementia who require clothing modifications. Clothing modifications can often make things more manageable and help maintain that persons independence. People living in nursing homes, or cared for by family members or home health aides, require clothing that is as simple to put on and take off as possible. Buck & Buck is there to fill that niche in clothing sales. They sell to the public, as well as to nursing homes.
What are some examples of the modified clothing sold by Buck & Buck?
1. Clothing with extra large buttons, zippers that have attached pull-tabs, or Velcro closures to make dressing easier for those with arthritis, tremors or weakness
2. Clothing with back, side or shoulder fasteners to make it easier for wheelchair bound or bed bound patients to be dressed and undressed.
3. Several styles of shoes, slippers and socks specially designed to help those with swollen feet or diabetic foot problems, as well as shoes designed to make it easier for caregivers to dress their handicapped client or family member.
4. They can also custom design clothing for those with other needs, such as patients who have had amputations or fractures and patients with feeding tubes.
What is the website like?
The website is simple to use, fast and very well organized. There are multiple ways to search for items, including searching by symptom (swollen feet, weakness, incontinence, for example) or by medical diagnosis (stroke, Parkinsons, diabetes, etc). The website also clearly describes the typical modifications needed by people with various medical conditions. They offer free hemming and are happy to arrange customized fit or alterations. I like the fact that the clothing is modeled by seniors. Click on the link to see a helpful list of Frequently Asked Questions or to email them with a question.
How is the entire shopping process?
I purchased footwear for my father a few months ago. It was easy to shop, fill up my shopping cart, and pay. I received confirmatory emails, and the items arrived quickly and in good condition. They accept major credit cards.
What about shipping and returns?
There is a flat fee of $4.50 per order for shipping. Items are shipped within one business day by UPS/USPS or CanadaPost. Rush delivery can be arranged. They ship only to the United States and Canada. They also guarantee satisfaction, and items can be returned at any time for any reason. I needed to return an item and had no difficulty with that transaction. I needed to speak to Customer Service at one point, and found them to be very helpful.
Buck & Buck was there when I needed to purchase special footwear for my father. I had a very good experience and would definitely recommend them to others. It is great to know that Online Stores such as Buck & Buck are there to help the elderly and disabled as well as those who care for them.
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This is an entry into Sleeper54's Lean-n-mean Five write-off.