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Helping My Elderly Dad
My senior dad grew up in traditional pants and never gave a thought to elastic waist pants. Once he retired he switched to the oh-so-comfortable blue jeans, which he loved.
As his Parkinsons Disease progressed, his hands were shakier and his control was lessened. He had a harder time putting his pants on. Eventually he had to add mens elastic waist jeans to his shopping list and that worked quite well for a while.
When he was placed on hospice, however, in the end stage of Parkinson’s Disease, he no longer felt comfortable wearing his trusty blue jeans. The zipper was too hard for his shaking hands to handle. There wasn’t enough “give” in the jeans, themselves, when he was shifting in his wheelchair. He hated having to change when going from bed to wheelchair a few times a day. And the jean material just wasn’t comfy for him in bed.
Khaki Elastic Waist Pants Comfort
He would have preferred Khaki like the Cherokee elastic waist pants above or these Falcon elastic waist pants for men (which come in big and tall sizes) but I didn’t even think to look at Amazon at the time. Which was a pity as they definitely have some nice choices!
Now, of course, that’s always my first stop – since it’s so wonderfully handy for a busy Sandwich Generation caregiver, dealing with the issues of caring for elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren! (Aren’t these mens elastic waist pants sharp looking for seniors?)
Comfy Mens Elastic Waist Pants Hunt
At my mom’s request, I went on a comfy-clothes hunt for him, expecting to find sweat pants quite easily. It must have been the wrong time of year because it took me two or three stores. I finally found some nice, thick mens elastic waist sweat pants in a soft fabric that he really liked. I bought several and he pretty much lived in those all day.
Fast Forward, Same Needs of Full Elastic Waist Pants
Now we are close friends with a senior couple who are going through something similar. He is not on hospice, but his Parkinsons Disease symptoms have progressed quite a bit. Dealing with shaky hands and less control of his body overall, he, too, needs to make a major adjustment in his pant choice. Unlike my dad, though, he doesn’t like sweat pants. He still wants to wear regular slacks, as he has for over 75 years. He just wants them to be easier to get up and down.
Blair.com – My senior mom and I have ordered from Blair several times over the past year and been quite pleased with their service and their clothes. I noticed they do offer womens and mens elastic waist pants and their prices are always reasonable. Just search for “full elastic.” If you are interested in ordering from them, sign up to get their online notifications first. They frequently send out great coupon offers – from free shipping to discounted clothes.
More Full Elastic Waist Pants Options
Some other options I discovered include:
- HABAND which is connected to Blair (which means you can use your Blair credit card with Haband 🙂 )- This seems to be one of the least expensive of our choices. My senior mom spotted a flyer from them in our Sunday paper and I noticed they were online, as well. They offer full, 360 degree mens elastic waist pants, including mens jeans. You can also get flannel-lined elastic waist jeans or twill pants that would be great for an elderly gentleman who tends to get chilly easily.
- SILVERTS – Adaptive Clothing & Footwear by Silvert’s can be a big help for our elderly parents. Silvert’s adaptive elderly clothing for men and women includes a selection of elastic waist mens pants. And for those who are dealing with such things as advanced Parkinson’s Disease like my elderly father, they have a selection of wheelchair clothing men and women will both appreciate. Their website states they have been providing adaptive clothing for 80 years. In addition, Amazon
- BUCK AND BUCK – They are based in Seattle and their site explains they’ve been in business for 31 years. I liked the fact that the can convert any of their clothes to velcro, giving you plenty of choices. Even dressy church clothes would be easy to get on and off, then. They also offer mens elastic waist pants, including twill pants. And if you’re like my senior dad in the early stages of Parkinsons Disease, they also offer full elastic waist mens jeans. 😉
Online Ordering is Grand!
When you are shopping for elderly parents, whether for mens elastic waist pants for seniors, or other pants elderly men will appreciate, online ordering can be a huge help. It saves me precious time! And if often provides more options These sites all offered online ordering, as that is the easiest way for our friends to shop right now. Please note, we have ordered from Amazon, Blair, Silverts, and Buck and Buck, all of whom are great! We have never ordered from Haband, nor have my friends. They do have a good reputation online though. And as I told them, try one small order from whichever store you like, using a credit card. If there are any problems, you can then file a claim with your credit card company. However, I have never had to do that and, trust me, I order online a LOT! 🙂
Comfortable Clothing For Elderly Parents
Comfortable clothes elderly parents enjoy wearing means they can spend less time stressing over what they are wearing. Less time trying to deal with the difficult things in life like going to the bathroom with clothes that are hard for them to navigate. And that means more time to enjoy the small things in life that bring such sweet smiles – like precious dogs and adorable grandkids. Or maybe just sitting in peaceful repose. 🙂