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Adaptive Clothing Directory

Looking for stylish adaptive clothing best suited for your condition or situation?

Use our handy Adaptive Clothing Directory to help you narrow down your options, and to also find relevant support organisations.

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE / DEMENTIA

Alzheimer's Disease is the most common form of dementia accounting for up to 70% of all dementia.  In the early stages the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease can be very subtle.  However, it often begins with lapses in memory and difficulty in finding the right words for everyday objects.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Persistent and frequent memory difficulties, especially of recent events
  • Vagueness in everyday conversation
  • Apparent loss of enthusiasm for previously enjoyed activities
  • Taking longer to do routine tasks
  • Forgetting well-known people or places
  • Inability to process questions and instructions
  • Deterioration of social skills
  • Emotional unpredictability

Timeless by Heather Hill clothing has been designed with Dementia and Alzheimer's sufferers in mind.  Our clothing ensures that even when a loved ones memory is impaired, they can still easily take pride in their appearance.

Our designs are classically styled with a nostaligic nod to the 1940's, '50's and '60's, providing familiarity for those currently living with the dementia.

Adaptive elements of our clothing relevant to Dementia and Alzheimer's include:

  • extra long padded zips, ensuring comfort for someone who sits or lies down for long periods of time, reducing the chance of developing pressure sores.  The longer zips also allow for easier dressing and undressing of the garment. 
  • pants and dresses with zips on both sides, so that a carer can easily assist with toileting, while maintaining maximum dignity.  For a person who undresses inappropriately, hidden zips makes their ability to undress a little more difficult.
  • tops, nighties and brunch dresses with petal back closures with easy to secure hidden snap studs on each shoulder, allowing for easy standing or seated dressing.
  • large pockets, such as on the Audrey Skirt with lovely bright contrasting ribbon on the pocket, to remind wearers that they have a pocket to hold a handkerchief or some sweets.
  • wrap around dresses which can be placed on a sitting/bedbound wearer from the front with ease, and tied at either the front or back to prevent inappropriate undressing. The wrap around dresses are also reversible and can be worn either to the front or the back. 
  • bamboo fabrics which are very soft and stretchy to accommodate all levels of dressing.  Bamboo keeps you cool in summer and, its high wick content ensures any perspiration is absorbed quickly with minimal or no odour. 
  • scribs (scarf that acts as an adult clothing protector) are colour coordinated to match the Timeless Range and create a fashion statement during meal times, whilst also protecting the wearers clothing from spills.
Shop Our Range of Alzheimer's & Dementia friendly clothing
Alzheimer's / Dementia Adaptive Clothing Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Support:

Alzheimer's Australia - Fight Dementia

Alzheimer's Australia (Queensland) - Fight Dementia

 

ARTHRITIS

Arthritis is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease.  There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions.  Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion.  Symptoms may come and go.  They can be mild, moderate or severe.  They may stay about the same for years, but may progress or get worse over time.  Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs.

Timeless by Heather Hill clothing has been designed with Arthritis sufferers in mind. 

Adaptive elements of our clothing relevant to Arthritis suffers include:

  • garments with no buttons or zips, such as our wrap around dresses, wrap around skirt, and Winnie dresses making it easier to dress. Minimal movement is required to dress = less pain.
  • garments with large pockets to hold keys, hankies and other small items.
  • trousers with elasticated waist can be pulled up into position, and if a carer is available, the hidden zips on both sides make dressing easy, and can be easily removed for toileting.
  • bamboo fabrics which are very soft and stretchy to comfortably accommodate all levels of dressing.  Bamboo keeps you cool in summer and its high wick content ensures any perspiration is absorbed quickly with minimal or no odour. 
  • scribs (scarf that acts as an adult clothing protector) with a velcro closure are easy to apply and remove, and are a fashion statement that provide a greater degree of dignity during meal times.
  • tops, nighties and brunch dresses with petal back closures have easy to secure hidden snap studs on each shoulder, allowing for easy standing or seated dressing.  Perfect for those with limited movement.

Shop Our Range of Arthritis friendly clothing

Arthritis Friendly Adaptive Clothing

Arthritis Information & Support:

Arthritis Australia

Arthritis Queensland

 

 

BREAST CANCER / MASTECTOMY

Timeless by Heather Hill has developed stylish adaptive clothing to make dressing easier, no matter your age, mobility or disability.  After a mastectomy, finding stylish clothing which is comfortable and easy to wear is no longer a challenge, thanks to Timeless by Heather Hill.

Adaptive elements of our clothing relevant to women who have had a mastectomy include:

  • garments with no buttons or zips, such as our wrap around dresses, and our Trixie Dress which can be stepped into/out of, don't require you to lift you arms. Minimal movement is required to dress = less pain.
  • bamboo fabrics which are very comfortable, soft and stretchy.  Their high wick content keeps you cool in summer ensures any perspiration is absorbed quickly with minimal or no odour. 
  • tops, nighties and brunch dresses with petal back closures have easy to secure hidden snap studs on each shoulder, allowing for easy dressing.  In the early days post surgery, the garments with petal back closures simply slip over your arms, without requiring you to lift them above your head.  The petal back gives you maximum movement and easy to check dressings, without the garment sticking to you. Perfect for those with limited movement.

Shop Our Range of Breast Cancer / Mastectomy friendly clothing

Shop Our Mastectomy Adaptive Clothing                       

                                  

Breast Cancer Information and Support:

McGrath Foundation

Pink Ribbon

 

CARER ASSISTED DRESSING

Australia has over 2.8 million carers - those providing unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail aged.

For those carers who provide dressing assistance, regular clothing can sometimes be impractical and difficult.

Timeless by Heather Hill adaptive clothing has been designed with carers in mind, providing stylish clothing for those they are caring for that is easy - easy to wash, easy to wear and easy to dress.

Adaptive elements of our clothing relevant to those who provide carer assisted dressing include:

  • extra long padded zips, ensuring comfort for someone who sits or lies down for long periods of time, reducing the chance of developing pressure sores.  The longer zips also allow for easier dressing and undressing of the garment. 
  • pants and dresses with zips on both sides, so that a carer can easily assist with toileting, while maintaining maximum dignity.  For a person who undresses inappropriately, hidden zips makes their ability to undressing a little more difficult.
  • tops, nighties and brunch dresses with petal back closures with easy to secure hidden snap studs on each shoulder, allowing for easy standing or seated dressing.
  • large pockets, such as on the Audrey Skirt with lovely bright contrasting ribbon on the pocket, to remind wearers that they have a pocket to hold a handkerchief or some sweets.
  • wrap around dresses which can be placed on a sitting/bedbound wearer from the front with ease, and tied at either the front or back to prevent inappropriate undressing. The wrap around dresses are also reversible and can be worn either to the front or the back. 
  • bamboo fabrics which are very soft and stretchy to accommodate all levels of dressing.  Bamboo keeps you cool in summer and, its high wick content ensures any perspiration is absorbed quickly with minimal or no odour. 
  • scribs (scarf that acts as an adult clothing protector) are colour coordinated to match the Timeless Range and create a fashion statement during meal times, whilst also protecting the wearers clothing from spills.

Shop Our Range of Carer Assisted Dressing friendly adaptive clothing

Carer Assisted Dressing Adaptive Clothing

Carer Information and Support:

Carers Australia

Carers NSW

Young Carers

 

CEREBRAL PALSY

Cerebral Palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood.  Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term for a group of disorders.  It is a condition that is permanent, but not unchanging.  It can range from weakness in one hand, to an almost complete lack of voluntary movement.  People with significant physical disability may require 24 hour a day care.  People with cerebral palsy are likely to also have other impairments in addition to their motor disability.  Spastic hemiplegia, where one half of the body has difficulty with voluntary movement, is the most common presentation of cerebral palsy.  Approximately 40% of people with cerebral palsy have hemiplegia. 

Timeless by Heather Hill adaptive clothing has been developed for with people with Cerebral Palsy in mind.  Our clothing ranges from size 8 - 18, and the timeless design means it is contemporary no matter your age.

Adaptive elements of our clothing relevant to people with Cerebral Palsy include:

  • extra long padded zips, ensuring comfort for someone who sits or lies down for long periods of time, reducing the chance of developing pressure sores.  The longer zips also allow for easier dressing and undressing of the garment. 
  • pants and dresses with zips on both sides, so that a carer can easily assist with toileting, while maintaining maximum dignity.
  • top, nighties and brunch dresses with petal back closures with easy to secure hidden snap studs on each shoulder, allowing for easy seated dressing.
  • large pockets, such as on the Audrey Skirt with lovely bright contrasting ribbon on the pocket, to remind wearers that they have a pocket to hold a handkerchief or some sweets.
  • wrap around dresses which can be placed on a sitting/bedbound wearer from the front with ease, and tied at the front for comfort.  The wrap around dresses are also reversible and can be worn either to the front or the back. 
  • bamboo fabrics which are very soft and stretchy to accommodate all levels of dressing.  Bamboo keeps you cool in summer and, its high wick content ensures any perspiration is absorbed quickly with minimal or no odour. 
  • scribs (scarf that acts as an adult clothing protector) are colour coordinated to match the Timeless Range and create a fashion statement during meal times, whilst also protecting the wearers clothing from spills.

Shop Our Range of Cerebral Palsy friendly clothing

Cerebral Palsy Adaptive Clothing Australian Made

Cerebral Palsy Information & Support

CPL

Cerebral Palsy Alliance

 

CEREBRAL VASCULAR ACCIDENT / STROKE

A stroke occurs when a part of the brain is damaged because it is deprived of its blood supply.  Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain, so when the blood supply is cut off or limited, brain cells start to die.  A stroke is also known as a cerebrovascular accident, CVA, cerebral vascular accident or brain attack.

Stroke is a serious condition.  It is one of the leading causes of death in Australia and is the main cause of long-term disability in adults in Australia.  However, there have been recent advances in treatments for stroke and in stroke prevention.

Timeless by Heather Hill has developed clothing that is elegant and easy to wear regardless of the impediment caused from experiencing a Stroke.

Adaptive elements of our clothing relevant to people who have experienced a Stroke include:

  • extra long padded zips, ensuring comfort for someone who sits or lies down for long periods of time, reducing the chance of developing pressure sores.  The longer zips also allow for easier dressing and undressing of the garment, particularly for toileting purposes.
  • pants and dresses with zips on both sides, so that a carer can easily assist with toileting, while maintaining maximum dignity.
  • pants with elasticated waist band that can be pulled on/off, offering not only ease of dressing but also style and comfort.
  • tops, nighties and brunch dresses with petal back closures with easy to secure hidden snap studs on each shoulder, allowing for easy seated dressing.  During the early stages of rehabilitation following a stroke, the petal back nighties and brunch dresses are a cool, comfortable and pretty option.
  • large pockets, such as on the Audrey Skirt with lovely bright contrasting ribbon on the pocket, to remind wearers that they have a pocket to hold a phone.
  • wrap around dresses which can be placed on a sitting/bedbound wearer from the front with ease, and tied at the front for comfort.  The wrap around dresses are also reversible and can be worn either to the front or the back. 
  • bamboo fabrics which are very soft and stretchy to accommodate all levels of dressing.  Bamboo keeps you cool in summer and, its high wick content ensures any perspiration is absorbed quickly with minimal or no odour. 
  • scribs (scarf that acts as an adult clothing protector) are colour coordinated to match the Timeless Range and create a fashion statement during meal times, whilst also protecting the wearers clothing from spills.

Shop Our Range of CVA / Stroke friendly clothing

 CVA / Stroke Adaptive Clothing - Australian Made

CVA (Stroke) Information & Support

Stroke Foundation

 

FROZEN SHOULDER

Frozen shoulder is the commonly used term to describe ‘adhesive capsulitis’, a disabling and sometimes severely painful condition of the shoulder.  It is a disorder where the shoulder capsule and connective tissue surrounding the shoulder joint becomes stiff and thickened greatly restricting motion and causing chronic pain.

Timeless by Heather Hill adaptive clothing has been designed with people with Frozen Shoulder in mind.

Adaptive elements of our clothing relevant to people who have a Frozen Shoulder include:

  • garments with no buttons or zips, such as our wrap around dresses, and our Trixie Dress which can be stepped into/out of, don't require you to lift you arms. Minimal movement is required to dress = less pain.
  • bamboo fabrics which are very comfortable, soft and stretchy.  Their high wick content keeps you cool in summer ensures any perspiration is absorbed quickly with minimal or no odour. 
  • for those with carer assistance - tops, nighties and brunch dresses with petal back closures have easy to secure hidden snap studs on each shoulder, allowing for easy dressing.  The garments with petal back closures simply slip over your arms, without requiring you to lift them above your head.  Perfect for those with limited movement.

Shop Our Range of Frozen Shoulder friendly clothing

Frozen Shoulder Adaptive Clothing - Australian Made 

 

MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE / ALS / LOU GHERIG DISEASE

Motor neurone disease (MND) (also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Lou Gehrig's Disease) is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells (neurones) controlling the muscles that enable us to move, speak, breathe and swallow undergo degeneration and die.  Motor function is controlled by the upper motor neurones in the brain that descend to the spinal cord; these neurones activate lower motor neurones.  The lower motor neurones exit the spinal cord and directly activate muscles.  With no nerves to activate them, muscles gradually weaken and waste. MND can affect a person’s ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe.

Timeless by Heather Hill clothing is suitable for people with MND, at each stage of the disease as it progresses. 

Adaptive elements of our clothing relevant to people who have MND include:

  • extra long padded zips, ensuring comfort for someone who sits or lies down for long periods of time, reducing the chance of developing pressure sores.  The longer zips also allow for easier dressing and undressing of the garment, particularly for toileting purposes.
  • pants and dresses with zips on both sides, so that a carer can easily assist with toileting, while maintaining maximum dignity.
  • tops, nighties and brunch dresses with petal back closures with easy to secure hidden snap studs on each shoulder, allowing for easy seated dressing.  The petal back nighties and brunch dresses are a cool, comfortable and pretty option.
  • large pockets, such as on the Audrey Skirt with lovely bright contrasting ribbon on the pocket, to remind wearers that they have a pocket to hold a phone or tissues.
  • wrap around dresses which can be placed on a sitting/bedbound wearer from the front with ease, and tied at the front for comfort.  The wrap around dresses are also reversible and can be worn either to the front or the back. 
  • bamboo fabrics which are very soft and stretchy to accommodate all levels of dressing.  Bamboo keeps you cool in summer and, its high wick content ensures any perspiration is absorbed quickly with minimal or no odour. 
  • scribs (scarf that acts as an adult clothing protector) are colour coordinated to match the Timeless Range and create a fashion statement during meal times, whilst also protecting the wearers clothing from spills.

Shop Our Range of Motor Neurone Disease friendly clothing

 Motor Neurone Disease Adaptive Clothing

Motor Neurone Disease Information & Support

Motor Neurone Disease Australia

 

 

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system, interfering with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.  It is characterised by sclerosis a Greek word meaning scars.  These scars occur within the central nervous system and depending on where they develop, manifest into various symptoms. MS affects over 23,000 people in Australia and more than two million diagnosed worldwide.  Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect younger and older people too.  Roughly three times as many women have MS as men.

Timeless by Heather Hill has designed clothing that is both practical and very stylish for people with MS, as you should not be limited in your ability to dress with elegance.

Adaptive elements of our clothing relevant to people who have MS include:

  • extra long padded zips, ensuring comfort for someone who sits or lies down for long periods of time, reducing the chance of developing pressure sores.  The longer zips also allow for easier dressing and undressing of the garment, particularly for toileting purposes.
  • pants and dresses with zips on both sides, so that a carer can easily assist with toileting, while maintaining maximum dignity.
  • pants with elasticated waist band that can be pulled on/off, offering not only ease of dressing but also style and comfort.
  • tops, nighties and brunch dresses with petal back closures with easy to secure hidden snap studs on each shoulder, allowing for easy seated dressing.  The petal back nighties and brunch dresses are a cool, comfortable and pretty option.
  • large pockets, such as on the Audrey Skirt with lovely bright contrasting ribbon on the pocket, to remind wearers that they have a pocket to hold a phone or tissues.
  • wrap around dresses which can be placed on a sitting/bedbound wearer from the front with ease, and tied at the front for comfort.  The wrap around dresses are also reversible and can be worn either to the front or the back. 
  • bamboo fabrics which are very soft and stretchy to accommodate all levels of dressing.  Bamboo keeps you cool in summer and, its high wick content ensures any perspiration is absorbed quickly with minimal or no odour. 
  • scribs (scarf that acts as an adult clothing protector) are colour coordinated to match the Timeless Range and create a fashion statement during meal times, whilst also protecting the wearers clothing from spills.

Shop Our Range of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) friendly clothing

Multiple Sclerosis Adaptive Clothing
Multiple Sclerosis Information & Support

MS Australia

MS Connect

 

PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that affects people from all walks of life.  It is quite common, with approximately 70,000 Australians living with Parkinson’s.  The average age of diagnosis is 65 years, however, younger people can be diagnosed with Parkinson’s too.  This is referred to as Young Onset Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s is categorised by clinicians as a “movement disorder.” However it doesn’t just affect movement.  Non-motor symptoms such as pain, depression and problems with memory and sleep can also occur and have an impact on the day to day life of the person with Parkinson’s.

Timeless by Heather Hill has designed stylish adaptive clothing that supports people with Parkinson's. 

Adaptive elements of our clothing relevant to people who have Parkinson's include:

  • extra long padded zips, ensuring comfort for someone who sits or lies down for long periods of time, reducing the chance of developing pressure sores.  The longer zips also allow for easier dressing and undressing of the garment, particularly for toileting purposes.
  • pants and dresses with zips on both sides, so that a carer can easily assist with toileting, while maintaining maximum dignity.
  • pants with elasticated waist band that can be pulled on/off, offering not only ease of dressing but also style and comfort.
  • tops, nighties and brunch dresses with petal back closures with easy to secure hidden snap studs on each shoulder, allowing for easy seated dressing.  The petal back nighties and brunch dresses are a cool, comfortable and pretty option.
  • large pockets, such as on the Audrey Skirt with lovely bright contrasting ribbon on the pocket, to remind wearers that they have a pocket to hold a phone or tissues.
  • wrap around dresses which can be placed on a sitting/bedbound wearer from the front with ease, and tied at the front for comfort.  The wrap around dresses are also reversible and can be worn either to the front or the back. 
  • bamboo fabrics which are very soft and stretchy to accommodate all levels of dressing.  Bamboo keeps you cool in summer and, its high wick content ensures any perspiration is absorbed quickly with minimal or no odour. 
  • scribs (scarf that acts as an adult clothing protector) are colour coordinated to match the Timeless Range and create a fashion statement during meal times, whilst also protecting the wearers clothing from spills.

Shop Our Range of Parkinson's Disease friendly adaptive clothing

Shop Our Range of Parkinson's Adaptive Clothing

Parkinson's Disease Information & Support

Parkinson's Australia

 

PARAPLEGIC & QUADRIPLEGIC SUPPORT

Spinal cord injuries occur when there’s damage to the spinal cord.  The result is loss of function, usually in mobility or feeling.  Severe injuries that occur in the neck usually result in Quadriplegia, which is paralysis from about the shoulders down.  Typically, the higher the neck injury, the more Disability there is.  Quadriplegics lack the ability to move their arms and legs, and some may require a Ventilator to breathe.  Paraplegics have an injury further down the spinal cord and experience a loss of sensation and movement in their legs and in part or all of their trunk.  In many cases, there is some use of their hands or arms.  Depending on the extent of the injury and whether the damage is permanent, there may be a loss of bladder and bowel control.

Other effects may include low blood pressure, inability to regulate blood pressure, reduced control of body temperature and inability to sweat below the injury.

Timeless by Heather Hill has developed clothing that is elegant and easy to wear, regardless of the impediment caused from experiencing damage to the spinal cord.

Adaptive elements of our clothing relevant to people who have a Spinal Injury include:

  • extra long padded zips, ensuring comfort for someone who sits or lies down for long periods of time, reducing the chance of developing pressure sores.  The longer zips also allow for easier dressing and undressing of the garment, particularly for toileting purposes.
  • pants and dresses with zips on both sides, so that a carer can easily assist with toileting, while maintaining maximum dignity.
  • pants with elasticated waist band that can be pulled on/off, offering not only ease of dressing but also style and comfort.
  • tops, nighties and brunch dresses with petal back closures with easy to secure hidden snap studs on each shoulder, allowing for easy seated dressing.  The petal back nighties and brunch dresses are a cool, comfortable and pretty option.
  • large pockets, such as on the Audrey Skirt with lovely bright contrasting ribbon on the pocket, to remind wearers that they have a pocket to hold a phone or tissues.
  • wrap around dresses which can be placed on a sitting/bedbound wearer from the front with ease, and tied at the front for comfort.  The wrap around dresses are also reversible and can be worn either to the front or the back. 
  • bamboo fabrics which are very soft and stretchy to accommodate all levels of dressing.  Bamboo keeps you cool in summer and, its high wick content ensures any perspiration is absorbed quickly with minimal or no odour. 
  • scribs (scarf that acts as an adult clothing protector) are colour coordinated to match the Timeless Range and create a fashion statement during meal times, whilst also protecting the wearers clothing from spills.

Shop Our Range of Paraplegic & Quadriplegic wheelchair dressing friendly adaptive clothing

Wheel Chair Friendly Adaptive Clothing

Paraplegic & Quadriplegic Information and Support

Apparelyzed

Paraplegic & Quadriplegic Association of NSW

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia

 

 

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