Buck and Buck has several special Alzheimer’s clothing solutions that can make self or assisted dressing easier. The key to remember about Alzheimer’s clothing is that simplicity will lead to easier dressing for the caregiver as well as the Alzheimer's patient. An Alzheimer's diagnosis can cover everything from minor memory loss experiences in early onset situations to both short and long term memory loss with occasional memory relapse in more advanced cases. If the person can still dress independently or with minor assistance, we are showing items below that have few or no closures to make the activity of dressing easier. Fewer steps mean the more probability of success in dressing for everyone, especially as the condition progresses and more adaptive, special needs clothing options become necessary. If ordering more than one outfit, try to select colors that cross-coordinate so that the task of matching shirts with pants or blouses with skirts or pants is easier for the wearer. Advanced Alzheimer's patients may need clothing that cannot be removed inappropriately. In our efforts to design clothing which helps prevent inappropriate undressing, we have learned that by locating closures out of the wearer's sight, this problem is solved for many. While all closures are still well within the wearer's reach, the "notion" to undress takes a back seat to other interests. "Out of sight - Out of mind" best describes it. These designs offer a simple solution that can restore modesty without restraint and be a welcome relief to all.
Select from our Women’s Alzheimer’s Clothing or Men’s Alzheimer’s Clothing categories below.
Women's Alzheimers Clothing Styles
Choose from our Alzheimer’s clothing for women based upon the person’s ability to dress herself. The person dresses independently (self dresser), needs help to dress (assisted dressing) or undresses inappropriately.
Women’s Alzheimer’s Clothing – Dresses Independently/Self Dresser
We carry many dress styles that are popular with seniors, but may be hard to find in your local retail outlet. The great American house dress has been all but abandoned by many manufacturers. We still make two styles - Cotton/poly broadcloth or cotton/poly knit. Both are step-in or over-the-head styles with a zip-front closure. Dusters and muu muus are also very popular.
Sometimes a snap front duster is preferred, since it is so easy to put on and has a full cut for comfort. All with pockets and available in various bodice treatments. Click the link to see some of our muu muus.
Culottes can be a good idea for any Alzheimer's patient who "fusses" with their clothing. Culottes combine all the unrestricted comfort of a dress or skirt, but with the added advantage of making unwanted self-exposure more difficult.
Better than culottes, an elastic waist, pull-on pant style makes sense for any Alzheimer's patient who may tend to lift a dress hem inappropriately. Easy to get on and off with no closures of any kind. Our most popular pant (shown at left) is our cotton/poly knit pull-on which comes in over a dozen colors. We'll be happy to help you coordinate any style slacks with T-shirts or blouses to make dressing a simpler process for everyone involved.
- Layering is the key to comfort and this polar fleece zip-front sweater can be worn indoors or out. Large patch pockets provide a place to hide a hankie, or to just plunge your hands into for warmth. We have several other sweaters and cardigans or shawls to choose from.
Our knit sets are comfortable, stretchy and easy to put on. Many are simply pull-on styles, while others have been adapted with rear closure tops and side-zip pants for easier access and transferring. All available in a variety of prints and solids. Speak to one of our customer service agents to help decide which design will best solve your particular dressing problem.
Sweats continue to be a favorite for many. Warm, stretchy and attractive, they are easy to put on and take off. Choose between solid and printed, sets or separates. Always warm and comfy!
Some Alzheimer's patients find traditional clothing styles binding and somewhat uncomfortable. Our line of sleepwear includes many soft knits to make sleeping more comfortable.
- Women’s Alzheimer’s Clothing – Needs help to Dress/Assisted Dressing
Dressing challenges can be caused by stroke, diminished mobility, reduced finger strength, Alzheimer's disease, ALS, MS, and many other conditions. If assistance with dressing is needed, a rear closure dress can make the process of dressing so much easier for the caregiver and wearer alike. We carry the largest assortment of rear closure dress styles available anywhere.
Our poly float dress from our muu muu collection makes assisted dressing easy for the caregiver. The neckline is generous and the sleeves have loose elastic gathers to ease the arms through.
A rear closure blouse is essential for easier assisted dressing. Limited range of motion can make over-the-head styles difficult to deal with and especially uncomfortable for the wearer, who would need to raise her arms over her head. The advanced Alzheimer's patient, who may find herself "fiddling" with buttons or snaps on the front of the blouse, will be more likely to leave clothing alone when closures cannot be seen.
Our adaptive sets with wrap-back tops and side-zip pants make assisted dressing easier for the caregiver. Sets come in a variety of fabrics, colors and styles - many with pockets.
Adaptive sweats remain one of our most popular items for anyone needing assistance dressing. Tops wrap to the back allowing the wearer to slip arms in from the front, while side-zip pants make a large opening for easier on/off. Numerous colors of solids and prints to choose from.
Our all cotton sweater simply snaps straight down the back with a padded binding that guards against pressure points.
We carry a huge selection of adaptive sleepwear. All gowns wrap to the back to avoid pressure points.
Women’s Alzheimer’s Clothing – Inappropriate Undresser
Depending upon the stage of Alzheimer’s a patient may be in, pulling at clothing or tugging at buttons and zippers can manifest itself for lack of something else to occupy the mind. This can cause inappropriate undressing to occur which may be embarrassing to family, visitors and the patient herself when she has a lucid moment. To avoid this behavior and to protect dignity, we have developed a collection of back-zip jumpsuits that make disrobing more difficult. These garments should only be worn when a caregiver is available to assist the woman with personal care, since the wearer will not be able to carry out the tasks herself.
Why these garments work so well... In our effort to design clothing which helps to prevent inappropriate undressing, we have learned that by locating closures out of the wearer's sight, this problem can be solved for many. While all closures are still within the wearer's reach, the "notion" to disrobe takes a back seat to other interests. "Out of sight... Out of mind" best describes it. These designs offer a simple solution that can restore modesty without restraint, and be a welcome relief for all. Look at our jumpsuits collection for all of our daywear and sleepwear options.
Men's Alzheimers Clothing Styles
Choose from our Alzheimer’s clothing for men based upon the person’s ability to dress himself. The person dresses independently (self dresser), needs help to dress (assisted dressing) or undresses inappropriately.
Men’s Alzheimer’s Clothing – Dresses Independently/Self Dresser
The easy wear pull over the head polo shirt is sure to make self dressing doable! In addition to our polo shirts, we have a variety of other shirts and t-shirts that you may select from.
Putter pants are simply any kind of pant with a stretchy, all elastic waist. Most come with a traditional zipper fly, but we also have them available with a VELCRO® Brand hook and loop fly and clasp to make self dressing easier.
A zip-front cardigan style may be easier than a traditional button front for an Alzeimer's patient to put on and close. This fleece jacket zips up the front and can encourage self dressing.
All of our men's pajamas are full cut for comfort. Don't forget to look at the rest of our nightwear collection.
Plenty of shorts and other underwear should be added to his wardrobe. Let us help you build up his collection with the right garments.
Men’s Alzheimer’s Clothing – Needs help to Dress/Assisted Dressing
Any of our basic sweatsuits will be easy for the caregiver to assist the gentleman with Alzheimer’s in the dressing process. Our elastic waistbands are very stretchy and the neck openings are easy to pull over the head. See our side-zip sweat pants if they would make assisted dressing even easier for you. We have a variety of basic or adaptive tops to coordinate.
All of our shirts are easy for the caregiver who needs to assist in the dressing task. We also have a varied collection of T-shirts to choose from for the more relaxed look.
Our twill pants are very comfortable and launder easily. We have many other choices in our collection of pants to select from.
The zipper closure on this hooded sweatshirt is very easy to wear. You should also look at the other styles we carry in our sweaters section.
For his outdoor wear, select from our easy to wear jackets and coats.
Flannel pajamas are always a hit. Take a look at our pajamas and nightshirts in our robes/nightwear section of the catalog. You are certain to find something he likes.
We have a few styles of undershirts, shorts and briefs to choose from in our underwear section. Let us help you choose just the right thing.
Men’s Alzheimer’s Clothing – Inappropriate Undresser
Sometimes the individual with Alzheimer’s will pull at clothing and tug at buttons and zippers for lack of something to do. The zippers, snaps or buttons are there and the idle fingers just have to handle them. This may cause inappropriate undressing to occur which can be embarrassing to family, visitors and the individual himself when he has a lucid moment. To avoid this behavior and to protect his dignity, we have a collection of outfits that will keep him dressed and looking good. These garments should only be worn when a caregiver is available to assist the gentleman with personal care since he will not be able to carry out the tasks himself.
Looks like a two piece sweatsuit, but this jumpsuit design zips down the back to prevent the man with Alzheimer’s or other dementias from undressing himself inappropriately. Look at our jumpsuits collection for other casual dress and sleepwear options.
If you need to protect his clothes while he’s eating, choose from our bibs selections.