A Kildare based business has started up making clothing that are specially designed to make dressing easy for people with difficulties arising from arthritis, Parkinson's disease and other issues that reduce dexterity or mobility.
The online business based in Straffan was launched earlier this year by Maeve Donovan and her son Paul Donovan and is already getting a hugely favourable response from individuals themselves as well as carers and advocacy organisations such as The Parkinson's Association.
“Our objective is to make attractive clothing which is easy to put on and has discreet velcro closures that help to support people who dress independently as well as those who require assistance to dress,” said Maeve.
“Regardless of health or age, everyone wants to look their best, be comfortable and feel like themselves. My son Paul Donovan and I are partners in the business and we are based in Straffan. We launched earlier in the year so it is very early days for us.”
The idea arose from their own experience caring for family members who were unable to raise their arms to be dressed overhead.
"This is a very common problems with a range of conditions including, arthritis, Parkinsons, Alzheimers and more," she added.
“Over the years we met so many other families struggling with the same problems either caring for somebody at home or in a nursing home setting. Normally the solution is to buy much bigger clothing the the person usually wears. The result is that they can look bedraggled and uncared for. We think that everyone, regardless of their situation, should be able look as well as possible in comfortable, attractive clothes with a normal fitting. The most important thing we do is to make the clothes look just like everyday clothing. The shirts have buttons like any regular shirt and the velcro is invisible. Fabrics are soft, feel lovely against the skin, wash well and they stretch but retain their shape.
We plan to stick with a small range of simple classic shapes and expand our range of colours and prints.”
To find out more log onto www.adaptabilityclothing.com