Of course you can gift your loved one a pair of standard pyjamas for their hospital stay, but if you really want to help make their patient experience more comfortable AND help to support their physical and mental wellbeing, then the best gift you can give is clothing that actually works in a medical setting! Adapted patient clothing accommodates IV lines, drains and monitors and will help them keep their dignity and feel able to move around and …well, hang out with you without embarrassment.
Here are some of our favourite brands – all of which have been made by people who have LIVED life as a patient, so they really know what is needed.
Full disclosure: the first one is our own!
Inspired by personal experience of ill health, and created by a fashion designer with expert advice from nurses, INGA Wellbeing’s range of men’s and women’s clothing works for all medical conditions, is luxuriously soft and can be worn with existing wardrobe favourites or combined as elegant nightwear. The tops, trousers and dresses are suitable for in- and out-patients and have discreet poppered openings providing easy access to the body and making independent dressing possible. The UK-based company offers free worldwide shipping and the clothes arrive packaged as a beautiful gift.
ChemoCozy (for adults & children)
If your loved one needs regular chemotherapy or dialysis, then this fun fleece jacket might be just the thing to help them feel dressed and stay warm during their treatment sessions. Created by an American husband and wife team after he was diagnosed with cancer, the tops come in a range of colours and sizes, including for children, and have discreet openings to the arms and chest but in all other respects look and act like a normal jacket. Best worn with nothing below, the jacket enables nurses to easily access all parts of the body necessary for these regular outpatient visits.
HospitalPyjamas (for children)
Cute prints makes these cotton pyjamas – short-sleeved top and shorts – really fun for kids and the poppered arm, chest and leg openings make accessing the body easy and non-stressful. Made in the UK, the pyjamas were designed by a mum, who is also a nurse, and are being sold in the country’s top children’s hospital Great Ormand Street.
UniversalMedicalID or Lauren’s Hope
Both these companies provide medical ID bracelets, necklaces and tags that not only include all the vital, potentially life-saving information about the wearer’s medical condition but also look great to wear. No need to be ashamed or embarrassed wearing any of their male, female, teens and kids designs. With so many different styles to choose from, you can be sure that your loved one will find something that suits their taste.
If the person you would like to help is likely to lose their hair because of the treatment, will be having a mastectomy or need a stoma, there are many wonderful companies offering headscarves and underwear that require no compromises on style and can really boost their confidence. Many offer vouchers so that you do not need to select anything for your loved one, or even inquire about their size etc. They can decide exactly what is right for them, but you will have made that possible with your generous and thoughtful gift.
Ulcerative colitis sufferer Nicola Dames has drawn on her own experience to create the highly successful Vanilla Blush brand that offers fashionable underwear and swimwear that is ideal for those living with an ostomy. The company supplies to the NHS, across Europe and beyond with the ever renewing collection available from their site at http://www.vblush.com/.
Lingerie and accessories for people with a stoma or disability.
Garance post mastectomy fine lingerie and swimwear
A beautiful collection of underwear and swimwear to maintain women’s femininity and elegance.
Clover Lewis Swimwear
Gorgeous one-piece and bikinis for women to wear post- mastectomy.