A long while ago, someone contacted me and asked about adaptive undershirts.
At the time, I was not familiar with the term adaptive clothing, so I checked Wikipedia.
Adaptive clothing is clothing designed for people with physical disabilities, the elderly, and the infirm who may experience difficulty dressing themselves.
Usually this is a result of the individual having an inability to manipulate closures, such as buttons and zippers, or due to a lack of a full range of motion required for self-dressing.
Adaptive clothing typically offers rear-closure designs so that an individual can be dressed more easily by a carer.
For example, rather than buttons and zippers, Velcro may be used for garment closures.
More recently, I received the following email again asking about an undershirt with closures in the front:
My 84 year-old Dad has arthritis in shoulders/arms/hands.
I’m looking for a FRONT snap or velcro undershirt that can be sleeveless or short sleeved. I can only find back closure ones and that won’t work.
My Dad lives alone and needs to be able to do himself. Do you have these – or know where I can find them? TY– Linda
Here’s a list undershirts I’ve found made for people with limited mobility, with closures on the front, shoulder, as well as the back.
Silverts carries a 3-pack of adaptive sleeveless undershirts made from a polyester/cotton blend that snap at the shoulders. They also carry sleeveless adaptive undershirts in cotton and modal
Where to buy: silverts.com
4 Care carries a few different adaptive undershirts. They sell an adaptive tank top undershirt that has shoulder snaps, as well as one that has a side closure.
Where to buy: 4care-usa.com
If you’re looking for something with a front closure, check out the Adaptive Direct Men’s Torso Compression Vest.
This vest (tank top undershirt) is equipped with a front zipper and also provides light compression.
Where to buy: adaptivedirect.com
Adaptive Clothing Showroom
This undershirt is described as a back snap sleeveless undershirt vest, however, it appears it may also be reversible. Meaning, you may also be able to wear it with the snaps at the front.
Where to buy: adaptiveclothingshowroom.com
Make Your Own Adaptive Undershirt With A Front Closure (Snaps or Velcro)
If none of the products listed above work, you could probably have a seamstress or tailor make an undershirt with a front closure easy enough.
Just buy several of your favorite undershirts, and set one aside that can be cut up and used for the placket/closure.
Be sure to check out my other articles related to adaptive clothing here.