clothing for wheelchair users

Share your ideas about the practical side of caring.
My mum has multiple sclerosis, I have tried for years to keep her wardrobe fashionable. It became so hard to keep her in fashionable trends. I thought this is ridiculous that there is no one out there who caters for wheelchair users with new trends, so I worked as hard as I could to make it happen. I have designed T-Shirts for wheelchair users I would love some feedback from others to help create more designs. I only have my mum's feedback and one young girl so far. I'm hoping to start making a difference in the way people feel
I had a look at the fb page & I think it's great what you're doing. I'm interested to know how the tops differ from 'normal' clothes to cater for a wheelchair user.

Although my Dad is far from fashionable (M&S slacks all the way!), I find that trousers pose the biggest problem. I remember seeing a website once for jeans that were designed for wheelchair users - can't remember what the brand was but it's a great idea for people who aren't ready to give up on fashion.
Hi Hannah, How's your clothing progressing???
The biggest problem late hubby had was finding t-shirts and jumpers which were long enough to give plenty of tuck-in to trousers. He found shop bought ones too short in the body, thus causing gaps between trouser waistbands and bottom of shirts, causing draughts and cold back etc etc.
Winter jackets as well actually. Plenty of warm fleeces on the market, but basically most of them too short to tuck down the backrest of the wheelchair, again causing draughts and riding up his back.
Hi, so sorry for the delay, I have been trying to work on it as much as I can whilst sorting out a new care agency for my mum. All very difficult as you all know :(

I have a website I have sold 6 tops! So thrilled but still a long way to go. The tops are longer at the front to prevent material riding up when hoisted and when being pushed in a chair. The tops are shorter at the back to sit on the waitsline to help prevent material from being bunched up. The sleeves are longer to help cover more skin. Many standard T-shirts are too short and many ladies don't like their upper arms
Hi Hannah,
I've had problems putting ordinary clothes on my mum and found a couple of websites doing clothes with a hidden open back. I think this is called a tulip opening. They can be quite expensive so anyone offering a cheaper version would definitely attract more sales I'm sure. ... othes.aspx

And one idea from the USA ... ial-needs/

Scruffy x
My Mum was completely wheelchair-bound and couldn't stand so clothes could be pulled up or down. My solution, which worked well, though not too fashinable, was open-back trousers. You can get them in the USA, but the ones available in the UK are not too good. Link below contains links to US company and to instructions how to adapt ordinary trousers for the job. Also - cut nighties up the back from hem to just below waist so you don't have to struggle to pull nightie down when she's lying in bed.
I am a carer for my daughter who is now 34 and in a wheelchair.

Long term problems are getting trousers that are deep enough for continence wear - these hipster trousers, although trendy, do not fit at all. She has worn hareem pants this summer with success as they are very roomy. Bonmarche winter stretch trousers with the ties cut off are good.

Teeshirts are difficult only because she cannot wear scoop or v neck as she does not have much shoulder. Styles are limited to plain due to this. Have managed to get some plain online and have used fabric paints to make them more colourful, but the paint flakes off eventually despite fixing with an iron.

I find it difficult to get coats with wide enough sleeves to accomodate jumpers, and to get them on her as she cannot straighten arms fully. I find outdoor sports coats will fit as the arms are regular width but would like something more trendy but the arms on modern coats are made for people who are so thin. My daughter is by no means fat but a jumper underneath cuts off her circulation to her hands.

I have found a great solution for socks. She has small club feet and wears hospital soft boots. Tube socks are great, no heel, but too long so have folded socks over and stitched with zig zag on machine a three inch tuck halfway down her calf. When she wears them the flap of sock hangs over the top of her boots and stops the socks from disappearing into her boots. Lovely and warm in winter.
Hi. Sorry if this is no use but my husband, who's had MS since he was 40 and found wheelchair clothing non existent has been using a German website Rolli Moden (wheelchair fashion is the translation). ... oID=300006&=

It isn't cheap but with the improved sterling v euro situation it's better. He gets Rollitex jeans from them which look like proper jeans and not nerdy stuff. They do decent trousers too . The back comes right up and so you don't get Builders B*m! They do women's as well. For longer jumpers and tee shirts it is a problem but we have a shop called High and Mighty in Leics for men who are - tall and weighty! Isn't there a company called Wheelychicks for women that Tanni G Thompson used? I would give the German site a whirl. They speak perfect English. Well, they would, wouldn't they! ;)
I am currently in the process of working with companies to develop clothing suitable for wheelchair users. As a starting point I am conducting a research questionnaire. Please fill out fi this is relevant to you or share with anybody who may be able to help. Any advise is much appreciated! :)