Incontinence is a common problem that can affect people of all ages. It can be challenging for both those who suffer from it and their caregivers. Fortunately, there are several solutions available to make everyday life easier. One of these solutions is adaptive clothing, which contributes not only to comfort but also to greater independence. In this blog, we discuss the impact of it and how adaptive clothing can help.

    The impact of incontinence

    Incontinence is the inability to hold up urine or stools, leading to unwanted urine loss or unwanted defecation. It can range from mild to severe forms and can result from various medical conditions, such as old age, pregnancy, neurological disorders or surgery. However, the impact of incontinence extends beyond physical discomfort.

    People suffering from incontinence can face social isolation, embarrassment and a dent in their self-esteem. Management often requires constant attention and can significantly reduce quality of life. This is where adaptive clothing can make a difference.

    Below, we look at some examples of such garments that can significantly improve the quality of life of people with incontinence.

    1. Breathable and absorbent undergarments

    Undergarments designed specifically for incontinence offer not only comfort but also protection.

    These undergarments contain built-in absorbent layers that prevent leaks and keep the skin dry. Moreover, they are often made of breathable materials to minimise skin irritation. For men and women, there are different models available, including briefs, boxer shorts and seamless variants.

    2. Trousers with elastic waist

    One of the most common problems with incontinence is the urgent need to go to the toilet. This can lead to stressful situations where there is no time to take off the right clothes. Trousers with elastic waistbands offer a solution here. They have no buttons or zips, and can be easily put on and taken off by stretching the elastic waistband over the hips. These trousers are not only comfortable, but also great for quick clothing changes when needed.

    elasticated trousers for people with incontinence
    Elasticated trousers for easy on and off

    3. Clothing with Velcro fasteners

    Velcro fasteners are a handy addition to garments. They are often used instead of buttons, zips or snaps. Garments with velcro fastenings are easy to open and close, making changing incontinence materials quick and hassle-free. These garments are available in different styles, including trousers, skirts and dresses, giving people with incontinence stylish options that are easy to adapt to their needs.

    wheelchairtrouser with velcro fastning for easy changing clothes for people with incontinence
    Wheelchair trousers with velcro opening

    4. Clothing with zip-off pieces

    Some adaptive trousers are designed with zip-off panels on the front or side. These zip-off panels make changing incontinence material quick and easy. This is especially useful for people who have difficulty taking off normal garments quickly or who need help from others to get dressed and undressed. With these zip-off designs, they can keep their clothes on while changing quickly and discreetly.

    side zippers for people with incontinence
    Wheelchair trousers with side zips

    5. Discretion

    Dark colours have a camouflaging effect. Both dark colours and colourful prints have this effect. This camouflage makes people with incontinence feel more confident and ensures that no one sees your incontinence pants!

    When you wear incontinence pants, your own attention is automatically more focused on your pelvic region. Make yourself feel safe by wearing a longer jumper or cardigan that hangs over your hips. Long cardigans are particularly fashionable and with enough length, you can easily and unconcernedly hide the entire region around your incontinence pants!

    Wearing a tight-fitting bodysuit or romper over your incontinence briefs makes them more compact and sits a little tighter against your body. That way, you hide the presence of the incontinence pants even better. The body offers another advantage. It keeps the trousers in the right position even better.


    Nowadays, stylish adaptive garments are available that look just as fashionable as regular clothes. This allows people with incontinence to feel more confident and maintain their personal style. So choose clothes that make you feel good. That way, you'll start feeling confident.

    appropriate clothing is essential for self-confidence in people with incontinence
    Self-confidence is essential, (appropriate) clothing can help with this

    Comfort as a priority

    Besides promoting independence, adaptive clothing also contributes to the comfort of people with incontinence. The use of soft, breathable materials and seamless designs minimises skin irritation and friction. This is especially important for people with sensitive skin, which is often the case with long-term incontinence.


    Incontinence can be challenging, but it should not completely control daily life. Adaptive clothing offers a practical solution to improve the independence and comfort of people with incontinence. It is important to remember that incontinence is a common problem and that support and aids are available to make life easier. With the right adaptive clothing, people with incontinence can enjoy life to the full again, free from embarrassment and discomfort.

    If you would like more info on adaptive clothing, don't hesitate to get in touch. We will be happy to give you advice!

    Sofie & Jessie

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