"Easy wear-easy care" appears to be the motto for Silvert's, a specialty line of clothing for the elderly. Silvert's precisely designed clothing ensures that clients are able to dress in an effortless manner.
"A huge difference with these clothes, compared to 'normal' clothes, is that they are easy to put on. They're pretty and comfortable," said Darlene Haynes, a Redwood City resident who recently modeled a Silvert's outfit at the Los Altos Senior Center.
The clothes -- designed for men and women who find it difficult to dress -- are large and loose; have openings below the waist level, making it easier to step into the garment; have a fully elasticized waistband; use Velcro for closures; have front zippers; and have large, easily manipulated buttons, aspects designed to facilitate the dressing process.
"Our clients need help with dressing in the morning. With this line, they may not need our help. This allows them to be independent," said Melina Cunningham, franchise co-owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Redwood City.
Silvert's fabrics are designed with some elasticity or stretch. In addition, they are made out of durable fabrics such as acrylic, polyester and mixtures of polyester and cotton, and can be easily thrown into the washer and dryer, requiring little ironing.
"Many seniors have mobility and health issues brought on by surgeries, illnesses or senior conditions like arthritis," said Bob Cunningham, franchise co-owner of Home Instead Senior Care. "At the same time, they still want to look good and wear stylish clothing."
Silvert's new line features both casual and formal clothing, such as pants, dresses, suits, skirts, lingerie, shoes and socks, for men and women.
"This is a new industry," Melina said. People are only now beginning to understand the difficulties faced by the elderly in getting dressed.
Actress Dawn Wells, the famous castaway Mary Ann on the popular 1960s television show "Gilligan's Island," also understands the obstacles many of the elderly face while getting dressed every day. She has created a clothing line for the elderly, Wishing Wells Collections Inc.
Choosing functional and stylish fashions remains important for seniors. "It's comfortable, and it looks good. We're going to talk them into letting us keep these," said Shirley Seavey, a Palo Alto resident who also modeled an outfit at the Los Altos Senior Center.
For more information about Silvert's, call (800) 387-7088 or logon to www.silverts.com.