This is in reply to Elisabeth Katuszonek, RN, of Stockton, California. Her letter in the October 1996 issue of die Journal of Gerontological Nursing addressed the dearth of clothing for persons physically and mentally challenged.
My present position is as Social Worker in a long-term geriatric care f acuity, through which I have become acquainted with the following catalogs available for this type of clothing and footwear: J.C. Penney has a "special needs" catalog available through their regular catalog department. Another company which provides reasonable items is "Buck and Buck." They are located at 3111 27th Avenue S., Seattle, WA 98144 and may be reached at (800) 458-0600. In the Buffalo, New York area, "Rainbow Fashions" of Orchard Park sells similar items.
For anyone who is clever and has the time to alter doming to present barrier-free dressing, my recommendation would be to use the burr type fastener or snap rather than string or ribbon. Too often, ties are double-looped or knotted, and do not "break away" under pressure as do the snaps of Velcro brand fasteners . In my past work in Quality and Safety with children's doming, this is an important point.