Wellbeing Brands We Admire
As a result of being hospitalised several times ourselves as well as caring for friends and family that have been unwell, and developing our clothing range, we have come across many other incredible organisations out there that have a similar aim to us: to create products or services that help improve the patient experience.
We wanted to share these valuable resources with you. Please note this is not an exhaustive list, we do not receive any commission for mentioning these products and we can not be held liable in any way for bringing them to your attention.
So formalities aside, below is our growing list of innovative ideas for helping soften the harsh realities of medical treatment.
Adapted fleece jackets
We just love these!! Created by a Philadelphia couple when he was having regular chemotherapy, these colourful fleece jackets will keep you warm and, as the name suggests … cosy, during your medical treatments, be it for cancer or dialysis. Discreet openings enable nurses to access to portacaths or PICC lines without requiring the patient to fully undress. A great gift!
Compression stocking fashion
Watch this space for news of a new type of compression stocking that aims to reduce the stigma of having to wear these tight garments in everyday life. We love the combination of fashion and functionality. A project after our own heart. We are excited to see how this develops.
Fun, non-slip, breathable and washable slipper socks
Attractive, washable slipper socks (and shoes) with a breathable rubber sole offer a good solution to the age-old question of what to wear on your feet in hospital or at home. They are affordable and come in many sizes and colours (including for children), don’t slip off and yet can accommodate some swelling without causing discomfort. We love ours.
This classic slipper can be customised to suit your tastes and climate, and is made up of four unique design features: a lightweight and breathable upper (lined with wool), a neoprene collapsible heel (which makes them easier to slip on), a detachable tpu sole (making it possible to wear them outside and inside), and a cushioned sports style in-sock (making them very comfortable). We think they would work very well as slippers for patients that must avoid slipping and barefeet on hospital floors but would benefit from walking around and even going outside.
Return to Sender
Medical ID bracelets
These beautiful silver or bronze medical ID bracelets, which ensure that doctors have vital information about the wearer’s condition, take the stigma out of ill health. Return to sender’s founder Allison found there was nothing on the market that appealed to her, and so she decided to create attractive and stylish options for people of all ages. “If I was going to have to wear something on my wrist every day, then I wanted it to be a piece of jewelry that made me feel beautiful and strong, and would project those feelings to the world,” explains Allison. “I won’t allow my diagnosis to impact my sense of fashion or how I live my life and I want others to feel that way too.”
Personal wellness tracker for women
Bellabeat is a personal fitness, sleep and meditation tracker specifically designed to improve the wellbeing of women. It has combined innovative technology and a stunning nature-inspired leaf design to create an elegant, attractive smart-tech wearable device. As Bellabeat says: “By learning more about our bodies, what they’re capable of and learning how our lifestyle habits and choices affect our stress levels gives us knowledge and motivation necessary to improve our well-being.”
Clothing protectors, Dementia & Alzheimer patient clothing
Inspired by their experience of caring for their mother, Limon, through her dementia, two sisters have set about creating clothing and accessories to help patients keep their dignity and sense of self while showering and eating. The dining, showering and drying Draprons enable the wearer to stay well covered and less vulnerable, reducing stress and upset.
Bed Butler Caddy
A stylish and incredible useful perspex holder of ‘things’ that one wants to keep close to hand without them falling off the bed, or small bedside cabinet all the time! A great solution to an age-old problem and bound to make life in hospital or during at-home care so much easier and more comfortable!