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The information listed I hope will in some small way help the patient or the caregiver to maintain the best quality of life possible. My dresses and gowns are designed for the nursing home or home health patients who need help with dressing and undressing. As long as a person can independently dress themselves, please encourage them to maintain their ability to carry out activities of daily living independently. Only when they can no longer do this for themselves should they have help or change to a garment that makes dressing and undressing as least stressful as possible for the patient and caregiver. In providing a back closure garment to meet my mother’s needs and manufacturing them for the public, I hope they meet your loved one’s needs and help give her the best quality of life possible. I hope it will restore dignity and self-esteem which they so rightly deserve.
Incontinence
Most people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, strokes, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, degenerative muscular diseases and paralysis due to injuries or diseases find incontinence a problem with no easy solution. The affected person may be a man or woman, young or old, alert or experiencing varying degrees of dementia, ambulatory or in a wheelchair and/or being cared for in a nursing facility or at home. All of these factors can bear on making the most appropriate decision when selecting garments.

An adult diaper may be used which will retain fluid or stool (and their odors) more readily than a pad but it is more difficult to change and may result in skin irritation if left unattended.

Most nursing facilities address the incontinent woman with what is called an incontinence pad. These pads are provided by the facility and are placed on the seat of the chair or wheelchair. The woman is then seated on the pad. Her gown or dress is lifted in the back so the resident is not sitting on it. This allows a soiled pad to be replaced when necessary while clothing stays dry and may continue to be worn. The down side to this procedure is most dresses and gowns when pulled up in the back, ride up in the front as well, exposing knees and the lower thighs. This causes needed coverage of a cover or lap robe. The bunching around the waistline is also uncomfortable.

Another makeshift solution, which my mother chose, was to wear a snap duster backwards, allowing the caregiver to snap it closed down to the waistline. From the waist down the duster is pulled apart and to the sides, so the skirt does not ride up in the front and offer good knee coverage. The down side to this obvious, the dress is on backwards so the pockets are inaccessible and the neckline is too high to be comfortable. Knowing you clothing is on backward also results in a loss of self-esteem.

My back closure Abracadabra dress makes it easy to dress someone seated. By slipping over the arms and snapping the back yoke, the sides of the dress slips in the chair or wheelchair giving good coverage over the legs. The neckline and pockets are on the front side where they are supposed to be. Self-esteem is improved which has a great bearing on your quality of life.

Alzheimer’s Disease
My father has had Alzheimer’s disease for about 8 years. Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be a challenging experience for everyone involved. Something as simple as getting and staying dressed can become a monumental task of an Alzheimer’s patient and their caregiver if they are in a nursing facility or at home. Sometimes they undress themselves at inappropriate times if they have buttons or zippers on the front of their garments. They simply unbutton buttons because they are there. Alzheimer’s patients sometimes resist anyone dressing or undressing them and become irritated at the caregiver trying to help with this task. A caregiver can quickly dress a lady who suffers from Alzheimer’s with my back closure Abracadabra dress. Since there are no buttons or zippers on the front of the garment, the patient does not have easy access to undressing themselves.
Parkinson’s Disease
Along with a degenerative muscular disease, my mother also was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. It causes a variety of difficulties in dressing for both the person suffering from the symptoms of this disease as well as the caregiver. Because the most common difficulties are with balance and hands which shake uncontrollably, the task of dressing is usually a difficult one. One tip is to avoid buttons which cause frustration to a person if he or she has difficulty in holding their hands steady. Rather than buttons, choose garments that have Velcro or zipper closures. Help them hold on to their independence as long as possible by choosing this type of closures which they can still maintain themselves. When they can no longer dress themselves, try the easiest method I have found, my Abracadabra dress. The wide armholes make it easy to place their shaking arms through and by snapping the back yoke, they will be dressed.

Things that happen during breastfeeding

We all know a baby is a bundle of joy for every family. But not all mothers enjoy the time after birth. Some feel like breastfeeding is a scare. But do you think breastfeeding is a scare? What are some of the things that scare you? In our article today, we are going to highlight some of the things that scare many moms when breastfeeding and how to deal with them. Check them below.

Leaking milk

Leaking milk is not a new thing to breastfeeding moms. Sometimes it could be you left home when your baby was sleep, or he slept for long, and you feel puffed up while queuing to deposit your other child’s school fees at the bank. Undoubtedly, the milk has no place except to leak. If this has been scaring you, you don’t need to be scared again.

You need to find disposable or washable nursing pads and put them on below your bra. It will help to prevent your milk from leaking onto your beautiful dress.

Breastfeeding pain

If you are scared of breastfeeding pain, you are not alone. Many moms are experiencing the same. If you are a first-time mother, breasting feeding can hurt and get uncomfortable and painful the initial stages. You will have blisters, cracked nipples and at times bleeding during the initial stages of breastfeeding. Like any other pain you experience, you don’t have to feel scared. You can handle this and make breastfeeding painless. Keep in mind your body will slowly adjust to your new environment. Within a few weeks, your breasts will get used to the sucking from your infant during every nursing session.

You can avoid the pain by applying the cream (lanolin). You also learn how to latch the baby.  However, women are not the same and not all experience the pain.

No one has the baby’s food

This may seem strange and funny. But it is the reality. If you are not around your baby will be angry especially if she is six months and you have not introduced her to any foods. This can inconvenience you. You can’t go out without the baby. Sometimes you are left all alone breastfeeding the baby. When he cries, everyone gives him back to you.

You can eliminate this idea or feel from your head by accepting the new changes in your life. Appreciate the fact that people will also serve you food even when you are breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding anywhere

Babies are not aware of the surrounding; they want to be fed even in church or any public place. You will have to deal with this feeding anywhere, but there are ways you can do it without exposing yourself. If you are in a hospital or school, ask to be taken to a private room. Remember always to have a baby shawl to cover your baby when breastfeeding.

Bottom line

Breastfeeding your newborn doesn’t have to be a scare. Having a positive attitude and knowing people around us care, helps to make breastfeeding a comfortable period.

Garments for Ease & Dignity

We are a new business that saw a need and filled it. We carry a back closure dress and a gown designed for nursing home and home health care residents.

Our garments are designed with back closures to help take the pain and struggle out of dressing for those in wheelchairs, the elderly and those suffering from disabilities such as strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, arthritis and especially incontinence.

They also lessen stress in the roll of the caregiver. We hope our garments will restore self-esteem and dignity to a population that so rightly deserves it.

Our Pledge
We provide attractive, adaptive, affordable, quality clothing for physically challenged women in easy-care fabrics. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your merchandise, we will gladly exchange your selection or refund the purchase price (less shipping charges), provided the clothing is returned within 30 days or purchase date and has not been worn or laundered. Sorry, but no refunds on specially ordered or altered garments.

About

I can truly relate to the phrase, “Necessity is the mother of Invention.”
Ruth Ann CarathersIn 1998, my mother was diagnosed with a progressive muscular disease in her legs and had problems walking. She refused to stay in bed and each morning, her caregiver would use a lift to move her from her bed to a chair in her living room. As the disease worsened it became hard for her caregiver to dress and undress her, not to mention the physical strain it put on my mother. Being from the “make do” generation, my mother and her caregivers resorted to using a hospital gown covered by a front-closure housecoat (worn backwards) to make it easier on them for dressing and meeting her personal hygiene needs. The concept of a back closure hospital gown is great, but it offers little in good back coverage and seems to rob the self-esteem of people who are forced to ‘almost’ wear them. Of course, her housecoat pockets were inaccessible and the neck was high. She felt like we would if we had to wear our clothing backwards to greet our visitors. Not only had my mother lost her independence, but she was also forced to sacrifice comfort, modesty and pride in her personal appearance.

After futile attempts to purchase appropriate clothing for my bedridden mother, I decided to make a line of quality garments that were not only comfortable and functional for her condition, but also attractive and would make her feel pretty.

When I was eight years old, my mother started teaching me to sew. If it was not sewn correctly, I had to rip it out and sew it again. Thank goodness my mother taught me the seamstress skills required to develop these back-closure gowns and dresses which have enabled me to help restore her dignity. When she put the first dress on, she held her head higher with a big smile on her face. She looked good and she knew it. I did not realize at the time how much more I had given her than just a pretty new dress. My mother’s delight and satisfaction with these creations have fueled my desire to help others through such a difficult struggle. I hope my Abracadabra garments allow you to experience the same sense of gratification knowing you have given the priceless gift of redeemed self-esteem to someone you cherish.

From My Heart,
Ruth Ann Carathers

Exercise during pregnancy

When you are pregnant, several questions come to your mind, especially if it is about exercising. Physical workout maintains and improves your general health and physical fitness. Doing regular exercises during pregnancy is vital. It can assist you to deal with common pregnancy discomforts and also prepare the body for labour and birth.

Can I exercise safely while pregnant?

Even if you have not been exercising, you can start to train. But this is not until you talk to your doctor and do not engage in strenuous activities. Among the simple movements that are safe to get involved in include walking. In many situations, it is safe to exercise during pregnancy, and it is recommended.  If you used to practice before getting pregnant, you could continue exercising. However, you will need to perform workouts that are comfortable for your body.

Exercise during pregnancy can only be termed unsafe if you have some health issues that might deteriorate or affect you and your baby. If you have some of the following health conditions, performing workouts might be unsafe for you.

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Low placenta
  • Weak cervix
  • Spotting or bleeding
  • Recurrent miscarriage
  • History of preterm births

Consult your medic before starting any exercise program. Whether you feel healthy or not, consult your doctor as soon as possible. He may provide you with instructions that will help you exercise safely.

Safe exercises to perform during pregnancy

While most of the workouts are safe to do, be cautious and avoid overdoing your training may help you to remain safe. Among the activities considered secure include:

  • Swimming
  • Indoor stationary cycling
  • Brisk walking
  • Tennis
  • Jogging

With these activities, you are less exposed to injuries, and they are advantageous to your body. Moreover, you can do them until birth.

Exercise to avoid

Regardless of your exercising goals, you want to keep healthy, and your baby safe at the end of you’re the workouts. Here are the exercises you should avoid.

  • Holding breath when exercising
  • Football and volleyball as they are contact sports
  • Skiing
  • Training in humid weather
  • Duo leg raises

Benefits of doing exercises when pregnancy

When you are pregnant, you may feel exhausted especially in the few early months. This might make you not exercise. There are advantages of doing workouts when pregnant that will make you want to train daily.

  • Helps to reduce constipation, swelling, bloating, and backaches
  • Boosts energy
  • Enhances Mood
  • Assists in the treatment or prevention of gestational diabetes
  • Supports muscle endurance, strength and tone
  • Improves your sleep
  • Makes your posture better

Apart from that, routine exercise assists you to stay fit throughout pregnancy. It may also contribute to enhancing your ability to handle labour. As a result, it is easier for you to have body shape back after the birth of your child.

When you want to exercise, and you are pregnant, ensure to take all the precaution measures to avoid getting injured. Wear flat shoes and exercise on flat ground or floor. Also, eat enough calories that will meet your pregnancy need.

Products

Abracadabra Gown

  • Back closure reduces dressing and personal hygiene time and stress
  • Easy care poly-cotton fabric is machine washable
  • Double yoke for added warmth to shoulders
  • Three snaps on gown positioned off-center to avoid spinal pressure points
  • Short sleeve or three-quarter length for tender skin
  • Full bodice has two Velcro closures on back for easy access for personal hygiene needs
  • Gown length above knee provides modest coverage with reduced bunching
  • Lace down the center front yoke
  • Pastel Blue or Pastel Pink seersucker


Abracadabra Dress

  • Back closure reduces dressing and personal hygiene time and stress
  • Easy care poly-cotton fabric is machine washable
  • Double yoke for added warmth to shoulders
  • Three snaps down yoke back keep garment securely fastened
  • Full bodice has two Velcro back closures for easy access for personal hygiene needs or open to tuck in chair with no pressure points
  • Short sleeve or three-quarter length for tender skin
  • Below knee length for full coverage while sitting
  • Two patch pockets on front
  • Cheerful prints with backgrounds of blue, pink or white with flowers or designs
  • Lace edged white collar sewn on a v-neckline
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Because our suppliers frequently change prints they offer, these dresses are chosen to show a typical variety, not a specific print. If you have a color preference or dislike, please indicate in the notes section of the order form.