The foundation tries to respond to the needs of patients with modular clothing. For each individual gift (a shirt or a pair of shorts), a $100 donation is desired for two pieces of clothing; a $50 donation is desired for a single piece of clothing. Examples of clothing in gift packages may contain:
Clothing Designed to Slip Across the Body and Fasten
The “Reversible Shirt” has become a popular item to wear following surgery or injury. The short sleeve
modular shirt with shoulder and side snap fastener openings, is reversible from front to back – meaning that the snap
fasteners can be on the left or right side of the body. The shirt provides body coverage and comfort, as well as access
for treatment and hygiene care. The shirt can be used by, but not limited to, patients with shoulder or arm physical medical
challenges such as casts, braces, surgery, or pain management.
An added feature is the inside pocket to hold medical drainage or monitoring devices.
The shirt slips across the body and snaps. No need to pull clothing overhead or no need to detach medical devices in order to change clothing.
Shorts with Snap Fasteners
The Gym Shorts have snap fasteners positioned on one side from waist band to bottom hem; and snap fasteners are positioned on the entire inseam. A stationary seam on one side prevents loss of parts during laundry. The snap fasteners are hidden from view and look like sportswear rather than medical clothing. These items may include a fly for men.
A new style offers the reversible front to back feature.
The Boxer Shorts, Gyms Shorts, and Long Pants have the same basic construction. The snap fasteners are on one side and the on the entire inseam. A stationary seam on one side prevents loss of parts during laundry. The snap fasteners are hidden from view and look like sportswear rather than medical clothing. These items may include a fly for men. A new style offers the reversible front to back feature.
Dressing/changing regular clothing is a concern for patients and caregivers; especially for patients with temporary or permanent mobility challenges or end of life care. Patients and caregivers in multiple health care environments have found that the modular medical apparel with plastic snap closures on shirts and pants is easier on the patient as well as the caregiver. No more struggling to change clothing and very little body lifting by caregivers to change a patient’s clothing. The response by physicians, surgeons, physical therapists, and home health caregivers has been very good.
We can almost pack away the traditional hospital gown so that body exposure embarrassment can be exchanged for dignity and comfort.
Shirts and pants are constructed in a one piece finished garment to allow a method of “slipping the garments across the body” rather than pulling a garment overhead, manipulating arms for sleeve coverage, or pulling a garment up the body over legs and abdomen” creating stress, strain and possible pain for the patient and caregiver. The seam openings are positioned to provide quick body access for treatment and accommodate medical equipment.
The apparel has been tested in hospitals, rehab centers, and in home health care settings. In each test market, patients and caregivers like the comfort and utility of the apparel. “Dignity and comfort” were the most used words to describe the apparel by patients. “Ease in changing” has been the description by caregivers of the apparel worn by patients recovering from hip/knee surgery, broken bones, shoulder/arm surgery; during cancer treatment; and hospice care. No lifting is necessary to change the apparel.
Barry Basics Apparel Options for Patients
In addition to snap fastener Modular Medical Apparel, interchangeable t-shirts (tops), gym shorts and pants with and without snap closures may be purchased through Special Order. The patient with only uppers body injuries may like the option to wear regular boxers or shorts. Long pants are also available through Special Order. The same option applies to patients with lower body injuries and regular short or long sleeve t-shirts and tops will be available. We also can respond to special requests for sizes and designs for patients with permanent mobility challenges. Contact us with your special needs.