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Wheelchair clothing problems

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Being in a wheelchair without a doubt makes life more difficult, access, public transport and many more problems but the one problem that many people wouldn’t think of is clothing.

I mainly wear shorts or a very comfortable pair of olive green combat style trousers as they are comfortable, but recently we had to attend a funeral and so the smart gear comes out. My shirt is okay and very comfortable but my trousers that once we’re a perfect fit are now no longer perfect, I laid on the bed to try them on and they were okay and I admit that they were more than snug round the waist as I’m quite a bit heavier now, but the solution was simple. Sitting down means I can leave the trouser button undone and pull my shirt out a little to hide the open button, but the problem was when I sat in my wheelchair, suddenly the trousers were way too short and could have done with having a higher waist.
Yes I also had as my family call it “wheelchair bum”, its akin to builders bum where the waist of the trousers is not up to the job of hiding what shouldn’t be seen and its made worse by having to transfer from the car into the chair.

I’m 6′ 4″ and so it was always a chore to find long trousers when I was younger, now of course there are clothing companies that cater for all sizes and my comfortable combat/cargo pants came from the well known Jacamo but they still cause “wheelchair bum”.
I was online when I saw a company called Rollitex and they sell clothing that is designed for wheelchair users and they design them with features that I had never thought about, I was looking at their jeans (I haven’t worn jeans for years).

So their jeans have
Grade 5 coated metal zip – 2 sizes larger than normal – facilitates unaided use for people with restricted hand function
An eyelet in the zip allows addition of a ring & further enables own use by tetraplegics
A longer zip makes access to catheterize easier while seated
Tougher & better designed fastener that does not easily break or tear the fabric when being assisted on transfers or given a pressure lift from the waistband
Front belt loops closer to the fastener enable tetraplegics to fasten their own jeans, and maximise limited hand movement
Strong nylon threads fasten belt loops to the jeans so they do not come off or tear when used as transfer aids
Cut for wheelchair use: longer leg & longer at the back for a better look and greater comfort. A better fit stops trousers falling down when you transfer
NO pockets, studs or poppers at the back minimises risk of skin and pressure issues
Seams sown side to side at the back – not one on another – reduce risk of skin and pressure issues

And they look good as well!
They also sell boxershorts that have a higher waist at the back, shorts, jackets, lined winter wear and womens wear also and much more, now obviously they cost a little more but it sounds like they are worth it.

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